The National Assembly has adjusted budgets of various government agencies as laid out in the 2018/2019 supplementary budget.
The affirmative action funds were reduced by 200 million shillings with the Constituency Development Fund slashed to 33 billion shillings from 35 billion shillings. Education infrastructure budget was slashed by 600 million shillings.
However, the judiciary budget was revised upwards by 1.5 billion shillings that the MPs said will go towards development issues.
During the debate on the budget and appropriation committee report on supplementary estimates for the year 2018-2019 Thursday, chair of the committee Kimani Ichungwah said that there is need to balance the country’s revenue and expenditure.
This will help deal with the huge public debt considering that the Euro Bond money matures next year.
He called for fiscal discipline and further enable the private sector to thrive. He however said foreign travels by members will be affected in the review.
While supporting the report, Majority Leader Aden Duale said parliament has a constitutional role to ensure a balanced national budget.
He at the same time called on his colleagues to find lasting solutions to financial issues in the country including how to address the national debt.
Minority leader John Mbadi said the country has obligations with lending institutions hence it should not compromise its integrity.
He said it is high time the country slashes its expenditure. However Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba opposed the president’s memorandum criticizing MPs for appearing to dump citizens immediately their interests are taken care of.
Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka now says the Senate ought to have been involved in the on-going deliberations on the contentious Finance Bill 2018.
Lusaka argues that some of the proposed budget cuts and taxes will have a direct bearing on the counties hence the need for Senate’s input.
Speaking to Channel One Lusaka said there was also need for proper engagement between stakeholders to help avert the on-going impasse on the Finance bill.