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Huge security budget with no results a waste of taxes

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By Linda Akwabi | May 2nd 2015

Nairobi, Kenya - It has now become an annual and predictable tradition that whenever budget estimates are tabled in Parliament for debate, the military, police and intelligence are allocated billions of taxpayers‘ money.

 

For instance, in the 2015-2016 budget estimates, security organs have been allocated a whooping Sh25 billion. This a lot of money by any standards.

We, the taxpayers won‘t have any quarrel even if they are allocated Sh100 billion or a trillion as long as we see tangible results.

But, unfortunately, our security agencies annual budget is ever on the increase yet Kenyans are not feeling safe and are butchered daily.

After a careful analysis of the annual budget allocations to the security agencies, one can authoritatively report that there‘s a strange and peculiar correlation in that as we increase budget allocation for the security agencies, there‘s a corresponding and equal increase of levels of crime, insecurity and now terror threats across the country.

Now, the mother of all questions is; how, what, who and where is our hard earned tax going ?

Kenyans are heavily taxed, yet we don‘t see or even feel how taxes are being spent.

Billions of shillings are pumped into security agencies and other Government organs, but the results are either nil or negligible.

Parliament, which is constitutional mandated to oversee, monitor and question how taxpayers‘ money is spent has, regrettably, not risen up to the task and thus, is basically an institution that holds no value for Kenyans.

Parliament itself, is a national disgrace and guzzler of our taxes.

In fact, in an ideal environment or rather in civilised and democratic governments, where system/organs of government work efficiently and put national interests first and take them seriously , whenever there‘s an increase in budget allocations, there should be corresponding and tangible results to justify the increase.

We have a relatively new team in almost all security agencies. Now that the security budget have tremendously been increased, we demand a corresponding decrease on levels of crime, insecurity and terror attacks.

If they don‘t neutralise and contain this terror attacks and crime, they should simply throw in the towel and surrender instead officiating the slaughter of innocent Kenyans.

Enock Onsando, Mombasa

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