“Budget cuts by the Treasury should be properly coordinated so as to minimise adverse effects on implementation of programmes and projects,” said Controller of Budget, Agnes Adhiambo. The shortfall in revenue and appropriation in aid collections should also be addressed to facilitate effective project implementation, she added. Raila said the technical expertise of Parliament in fiscal matters should be strengthened to boost its role in budget making.
He said while the Judiciary and Executive make their budgets independently and forward them to Parliament for approval, the House makes and approves its own budget.
“Parliament doesn’t have experts. Budget making is scientific...Parliament should look at the budget documents and make its recommendation to the Executive, that is how it is practiced in the US,” the PM noted.
The total budget for the financial year 2011/12 was Sh1.15 trillion. Out of these development expenditure was Sh396.5 billion representing 34.21 per cent of the total budget.