The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kakamega Reps Reject Sh2.5 Billion Fete

The government has received criticism over plans to spend more than Sh2.5 billion on the proposed December celebrations to mark the country's 50 years of independence.

Members of the Kakamega County Assembly said the celebrations will waste public resources. "Why should we spend such money for celebrations when many people are dying of hunger and hundreds living in IDP camps?" said Marama West county representative Habel Bushuru.

Bushuru said the government should not spend much on celebrations when the 2013-14 budget has a deficit. "Kibaki does not warrant a statue worth Sh50 million," he said. His Shianda-Marenyo counterpart Grace Aluanga said the allocation is extravagant.

Addressing journalists at her Mabole home in Butere yesterday, Aluanga said the government has wrong priorities.

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