House team slashes Sh8b from NYS budget
SEE ALSO :Removing garbage to cost Sh400mLosers include Judiciary and the Parliamentary Service Commission – the MPs’ employer - that had their collective budget nipped by Sh6 billion. The slashed allocations are from their respective development budgets suggesting that the some of their planned projects have been put on ice, at least for the financial year ending June 2019. The committee has also proposed to remove Sh2 billion meant for the implementation of the Naivasha Industrial Park, a major cog in the development of the second phase of the standard gauge railway (SGR) line. Already, construction of the Nairobi-Naivasha SGR section is at advanced stages and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. Withdrawal of the funds in the national budget follow an earlier reallocation in the mini-budget presented two months ago which gave the park Sh3.4 billion.
SEE ALSO :Raila, Waiguru ease hostilitiesThe mini-budget consists of re-allocations within a financial year where funds that are unlikely to be absorbed are transferred to more pressing needs, such as the case of the industrial park. Kenya Revenue Authority’s budget could also be chopped by Sh800 million, even though no reasons were given for the proposal. The huge budget cuts for NYS, the committee warned, would serve as an example to other Government departments and agencies whose budgets will be tied to fidelity. “In this regard, the committee has started using past fiscal prudency to review expenditure allocations to various agencies,” committee chairman Kimani Ichung’wah reported to the National Assembly. The committee report must be approved by the House. Previously, it has been passed without major alterations. Should the House endorse the drastic proposal, enrollment into the paramilitary training and subsequent college placements would be hit hard Massive theft Already, the current recruits are taking the heat over suspensions in procurement following the discovery of massive theft by suspects who are facing various charges in court. Mr Ichung’wah added that his committee had endeavoured to reduce in a targeted way allocations of agencies, specifically the NYS, with numerous audit queries relating to misuse of public money. “To strengthen fiscal consolidation adopted by the Government, the committee is considering deeper scrutiny of all public finances held by various parastatals,” he added. NYS has been at the heart of President Kenyatta’s youth empowerment plan since his first election in 2013. Budgets have grown more than ten-fold since to highlight how critical a role the agency was intended to be in productively engaging the youth.