Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, State officials reportedly spent Ksh3billion as expenditure on foreign trips this year. The huge expenditure comes at a time when the government has been struggling to fund key projects.
According to a report by the Controller of Budget (COB) for the 2020/21 fiscal year, Foreign Affairs' Ministry topped in the list of spenders consuming 40% of the total travel expenditure.
Of the three billion, the ministry consumed Ksh1.21 billion. Parliament ranked the second with an expenditure of Ksh830 million, for the year ended June 2021.
The Parliamentary Service Commission consumed Ksh432 million, Parliamentary Joint Services (Ksh161 million), the Ministry of East African Community (Ksh47 million), and the Ministry of Tourism (Ksh28 million).
Other spenders included the Ministry of Trade (Ksh30 million), National Treasury (Ksh20 million); Ministry of Interior and Citizen Services (Ksh23 million), while the Office of the President (Sh84 million).
However, the expenditure is slightly lower, compared to the Ksh3.8 billion used in the previous 2019/20 financial year. At the same time, Recurrent expenditure grew to 68.1% (Sh2.34 trillion) up from 64% (Ksh2.02 trillion) in the period 2019/20.
Lowever, the Development expenditure sank to 20.7% (Ksh705 billion) down from 24% (Ksh762 billion) in the 2019/20 fiscal year.
Issuing the report, the Controller of Budget Ms. Margaret Nyakang’o called upon the government to avoid excessive borrowing, as well as pulling many towards the tax base. Dr. Nyakang'o also advised the government to defer new projects and instead focus on completing those already launched.
"Further, the Controller of Budget recommends that the government take stock of all ongoing and stalled projects, provide funds to finish them, and defer any new projects to curb the accumulation of pending bills...," states part of the report.
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