MPs seek freeze on new projects by key ministry
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsNew projects, he warned, were bound to face the same plight. The committee has pledged to push for the release of the Sh3.2 billion needed by the research and business incubation institute to be fully functional. Facilities such as KIRDI, the Kieni MP said, are key launch pads for small enterprises which in turn create jobs while helping the Government to realise its industrialisation dream. KIRDI is constructing an excellence centre in Nairobi’s South B. The facility, which will house the Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Ministry, stalled in 2013 after sinking over Sh2 billion. The Kisumu facility has also stalled and needs Sh800 million to complete.
SEE ALSO :MP wants NIMMS company barred from Kenya“We are going to push for the funding of these projects either in the supplementary budget or in the 2019/2020 budget,” said Mr Kega. He said Parliament would also root for increased allocation to the ministry, adding that it is an important pillar of the economy and one of the implementing agents of the State’s Big Four agenda. The sector gets a meagre one per of the annual budget. KIRDI Chief Executive Officer Prof David Tuigong said underfunding was to blame for the low impact the agency has had on the economy. The institute, for example, he said, gets Sh1 billion from the Exchequer, half of which goes to recurrent expenditure. The manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP has been shrinking steadily since independence. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics estimates that manufacturing has been contributing to a less than optimal 10 per cent per annum to GDP in the past 10 years.
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