Treasury seeks Sh1b for Huduma Namba
SEE ALSO :New report pokes holes in Huduma NambaMPs took Yattani head on over Sh6.9 billion allocation for Naivasha Special Zone (textile park) under Transport Department and Sh4.4 billion for Naivasha Industrial Park under Energy Ministry. The Naivasha project will require additional Sh355 million to be spent by Public Works. Uriri MP Mark Nyamita questioned the CS why multi-billion-shilling projects were being taken to one region and demanded equal distribution of capital projects. “It will be unfair to other parts of the country to have this kind of money spent in one area and when it comes to servicing the loan all Kenyans are required to carry the financial burden,” said Nyamita. He said the committee should consider rejecting the budget estimate, unless the projects are re-distributed to other regions. Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria said budget for the Big Four agenda kept on changing since President Uhuru Kenyatta's pet projects were being run by the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) under Interior Ministry Fred Matiangi. Kuria claimed that Yattani was just being used to defend the proposed allocations, stating that the House should demand the delivery unit to appear and defend their projects. Arising shortfall Yattani, however, defended the supplementary budget estimates, stating that the additional expenditures will be catered for by increase in local appropriation in Aid (AiA) of Sh1.7 billion and increase in projects funded by development partners to the tune of Sh26.2 billion. He said Treasury has also mopped up surpluses from State corporations amounting to Sh78.7 billion. “This also covers part of the shortfall arising from the downward revision in revenues,” said the CS. Treasury said it had raised Sh559.2 billion against Sh624.9 set target by end of October from revenue collections.
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