Treasury CS Henry Rotich revealed what presidential local trips could possibly cost Kenyans after he called on MPs to endorse a Sh300 million expense said to be for the local travels.
Speaking on Wednesday, Rotich revealed that some amount from the money had already been spent on the presidential movements or committed to the trips within the country. He also hinted the Budget Liaison Committee that the amount for President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto’s trips had upped greatly when laid side by side with what other past governments had spent.
The President on Wednesday began a five-day programme in Kiambu, Nyandarua and Nakuru counties after State House spokesperson announced that the president will flag down some projects. The spokesman, Manoah Esipisu said a good number of projects will commence while a lot will be commissioned as well. The president will also have bilateral talks with the members of the public and consultative talks with county leaders.
Rotich addressed the audience during a presentation to the committee to defend an Sh18 billion supplementary budget, also adding that Sh1.25 billion has been paid to settle squatters at the Coast from the controversial Waitiki land.
The payment was made even though the Lands ministry’s request for the money to be allocated to the Land Titling Centre. The Treasury CS noted that many of the allocations come from unexpected expenditures. He says the expenditures could not be added to the budget, and neither could it have waited till the next year.
The law provides that the Treasury can spend 10 per cent – as the highest amount it can ever spend – from the total budget but seek parliamentary approval within two months.