President William Ruto's latest move should concern Kenyans with regards to utilisation of state funds, former Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow says.
This is after the President gave top state officers like his deputy Rigathi Gachagua their own budgets to utilise for the next financial year.
Kerrow says that while this will prevent people like Gachagua from being starved of funds like was done to him (Ruto) under the previous regime, Kenyans will be the ultimate victims.
He points out that the move means that the government will need more money to handle the new budgets, and is already living behind its means.
Kerrow points out that with the money given to Gachagua's office almost the same to what State House alone received before, things can only worsen.
"The allocated figures point out that this government is living larger than any other. This is why their overall budget shot from Sh3 trillion to Sh3.6 trillion. The entire budget for Presidency was about Sh5 billion, and now the DP’s alone is at Sh3.5 billion," the former parliamentarian writes in The Star.
He adds that things should have remained like before, as Gachagua's office, for instance, doesn't have accounting officers appointed by the Treasury, meaning that wastage is almost inevitable.
He also points out that for a government that is already struggling to even pay salaries, coming up with additional budgets is a serious blunder.
"I don’t understand why that kind of money is given yet their role is to supervise ministries. The government needs to know that when you have a crisis where you are unable to pay your salaries, or settle debts, you are in a serious crisis," he adds.
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, First Lady Rachel Ruto and Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi's offices have also been allocated monies.
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