Budget 2021: Graft war, governance kitty gets Kshs. 20 Billion

Written By: Eric Biegon

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State agencies spearheading the country’s war against corruption are amongst some of the most adequately financed institutions in this years budget statement.

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National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani announced allocations to authorities leading the fight against graft to the tune of Kshs.20 billion to boost their day to day operations.

To enhance good governance and scale up fight against corruption I have set aside Kshs. 3.3 Billion for EACC, Kshs. 3.2 Billion for ODPP, Kshs. 7.6 Billion for DCI, and Kshs. 5.9 Billion to the office of the Auditor General.” Yatani told the nation when he read the budget proposals for the upcoming financial year.

This year’s figures are slightly above the ones set aside for these institutions in 2020 where the Yatani had allocated KShs. 3.1 billion for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, KShs. 3.1 billion for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, KShs. 7.9 billion for the Criminal Investigations Service, KShs. 5.2 billion for the Office of the Auditor General.

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To further to enhance the oversight and legislative role of parliament and access to justice, Yatani proposed Kshs. 37.9 billion be set aside for parliament and Kshs. 17.9 Billion for the judiciary.

The figures more or less tally with last year’s where KShs. 37.3 billion was allocated to Parliament while KShs. 18.1 billion was channeled to the Judicial arm of government.

The government’s move not to review downwards the anti-corruption kitty seemingly a demonstration of confidence in the ongoing efforts to fight against impunity.

As at the end of 2020, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission disclosed that it had recovered assets worth in excess of Kshs. 25.3 Billion, highlighting the impact of operations mounted by state agencies to deal fraud a decisive blow.

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