Kenyan budget; Education, infrastructure and security get big shares in 2.2 trillion...

Kenyan budget; Education, infrastructure and security get big shares in 2.2 trillion budget

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Kenya’s budget is ready and security, education and infrastructure will take the biggest share of the Sh2.2 trillion budget.

The budget, which has prioritized completion of key projects under Jubilee manifesto before the next General Election, has set aside billions of shillings for construction of the railway, laptops for Class One pupils and addressing the insecurity nightmare that has dogged President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first term in office.

The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said a minimum of 30 per cent of the national budget will be allocated to development.

The tourism sector, which has suffered after terror threats will also benefit from a huge allocation.

The spending plan for the new financial year that starts in June presented to the National Assembly this week shows that the Judiciary will receive Sh15.3 billion.

Parliament has been allocated Sh24.6 billion while constitutional commissions, including the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), will receive a total of Sh228.5 billion.

The Treasury plans to spend Sh68.8 billion sourced from the domestic market on ongoing road construction projects.

The Chinese government will lend the country Sh154 billion in the new financial year for construction of the Standard Gauge Railway. Another Sh1.5 billion will be used for the relocation of railway lines at Kibera and Mukuru slums, bringing the total expenditure on the railway in 2016 at Sh155.5 billion.

The upgrade of Malindi Airport, Isili Airport, Suneka Airstrip and Lokichoggio Airport will receive Sh800million. To acquire two ferries for the Likoni Channel, the Treasury has set aside another Sh500 million.

The Mombasa Port Development Project will receive Sh5.5 billion from donors and another Sh10 billion has been allocated to the Lamu Port Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) project.

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