29 June 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Authorises Public Spending of Sh815 Billion

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Appropriations Act 2013 allowing government to spend more than Sh815 billion from the Consolidated Fund.

The President also signed the General Warrant Financial Year 2013/14 authorizing the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury to issue from the Consolidated Fund specified sums of money allocated to various Ministries and Departments to meet the Government recurrent and development expenditures for next financial year.

"In accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of the Appropriation Act 2013, I hereby authorize and require you to issue from the Consolidated Fund sums specified to meet the expenditure as required from time to time," Kenyatta said in the General Warrant Financial Year 2013/14 to the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury.

The Appropriation Bill 2013 aims at allocating funds to ministries, departments and commissions as outlined in the budget estimates.

Funds will now be disbursed as allocated in the budget estimates 2013.

The Act also authorizes appropriations of Sh815.6 billion out of the Consolidated Fund to finance certain public services and purposes during the 2013/2014 financial year.

On Thursday Gem Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo had proposed amendments to the Bill in Parliament.

The amendment targeted to reduce Sh77.3 billion to the Ministry of Education by Sh53 billion and reallocation of Sh47 billion to the Teachers Service Commission for Teachers salaries, Sh2 billion to the auditors general office Sh1 billion to the Director of Public Prosecutions office and an additional Sh3 billion to the Political Parties Registrar for political parties.

Midiwo said that the government must prioritize teachers' salaries to allow teachers to resume back to class.

The amendment was however opposed by Parliament.

One of the key projects by the Jubilee government is the Laptop Project which will be implemented in January 2014. Sh53 billion has already been set aside for the project.

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