The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Ministries Receive 32 Per Cent of Development Budget

Ministries and other government agencies have so far used up 32 per cent of their development budget allocation in the first five months of financial year 2013/2014.

The exchequer issues by National Treasury as at end November show that ministries with ongoing major projects have so far taken large amounts of money to finance the projects.

Ministry of Devolution and planning which was allocated Sh46.1 billion for its development budget has so far received Sh11.8 billion as at November 29.

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure under which the Lappset and standard gauge railway projects are ongoing has received Sh13.9 billion out of the Sh44.9 billion it was allocated for development.

The Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has taken up nearly half of its Sh22.5 billion development budget allocation. Agriculture has so far been issued with Sh12.8 billion.

The National Treasury has used less than a quarter of its development budget having taken only Sh2.9 billion out of the Sh19 billion its set to receive for the year.

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum under which the budding oil exploration industry in Kenya falls was given Sh6.3 billion over the five months out of the Sh16.4 billion its supposed to get by end June 2014.

The health ministry which has recently faced woes over a strike by doctors in public institution over devolution matters has been given Sh5 billion so far out of the Sh12.3 billion development budget allocated to it.

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