Sabahi (Washington, DC)

18 June 2014

Kenyan Public Officials Spend Sh7.4 Billion On Perks in 9 Months

Kenyan public officials spent 7.4 billion shillings ($84.4 million) on cars, overseas travel and other perks during the first nine months of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Business Daily Africa reported Tuesday (June 17th).

President Uhuru Kenyatta's office was the highest spender on entertainment, spending 225.8 million shillings ($2.6 million) on catering and hospitality, followed by the parliament with 208 million shillings ($2.4 million), according to a report from the Office of the Controller of the Budget.

The report shows that officials spent 885.8 million shillings ($10 million) on cars, 1.85 billion shillings ($21.1 million) on foreign travel, 3.59 billion shillings ($41 million) on domestic travel, and 1.32 billion shillings ($15.1 million) on hospitality, conferences and catering during the period from October 2013 through June 2014, Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo said.

This comes despite calls from Kenyatta for prudent spending.

Lawmakers have voted for generous compensation packages for themselves, including heafty retirement packages initiated last year, despite the public's opposition to this use of funds.

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