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Treasury asks for KSh. 58.8bn approval for recurrent expenses

Recurrent expensesThe Treasury is looking for approval to withdraw KSh. 58.8 billion to finance government services until the end of June 2013.

Finance minister Njeru Githae tabled the Supplementary budget in Parliament and sought approval to withdraw the funds being net estimates of recurrent and development votes. The Cabinet approved the Supplementary budget totalling KSh. 73.2 billion last week.

The Teachers Service Commission was given KSh. 17.7 billion to meet increased salaries for teachers who went on a strike in September.

The Ministry of Medical Services received KSh. 2.7 billion while Public Health got KSh.1.8 billion to meet the increased salaries for doctors and nurses.

The Ministry of Higher Education received KSh. 4.8 billion to meet the increased pay demand by lecturers.

The Transitional Authority which oversees the transition from a centralised system of government to devolved units received KSh. 3.2 billion. The Authority prepares budgets for the 47 governments which are expected to come into place after the General Elections on March 4, 2013.

While the Water and Irrigation, and Energy ministries were allocated KSh. 3.1 billion each, the Nairobi Metropolitan ministry which is installing surveillance cameras in the city received KSh. 1.5 billion in development expenditure.

The Immigration and Registration of Persons, and the Development of Northern Kenya ministry also received KSh. 1.5 billion each.

Mr Githae gave notice of the motion pursuant to Section 223 of the Constitution to withdraw from the consolidated KSh. 56.7 billion to meet expenditure for the year ending June 30, in respect of Supplementary Estimates of 2012/13 financial year (recurrent) having regard to the proposed reduction of KSh. 6 billion.

The minister is also seeking Parliament’s approval to withdraw KSh. 16 billion for development to meet expenditure during the same period having regard to the proposed reduction of KSh. 8.1 billion.

The other ministries that received huge allocations include the Ministry of Internal Security which received KSh. 6.5 billion and Defence which received KSh. 5.7 billion for security services in Kenya and Somalia. Increased cases of insecurity have been observed following Kenya’s incursion into Somalia to go after Al-Shabaab militia.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which has undertaken preparations for the March 4 elections has been given KSh. 6.7 billion for recurrent expenditure.

The ministries of finance received KSh. 2.8 billion, Public Service Commission received KSh. 3.4 billion, Labour KSh. 177 million, the Registrar of Political Parties KSh. 16 million, and the Controller of Budget received KSh. 112 million.

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