Azimio la Umoja Questions Budget Integrity, Alleges Funding for Corruption

Azimio la Umoja leader and co-principals at a past address to the press.
Azimio la Umoja leader and co-principals at a past address to the press.
Kalonzo Musyoka

Azimio la Umoja has faulted President William Ruto's government, accusing it of proposing an exorbitant budget for the 2024/25 Financial Year.

In a statement read by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, the brigade placed on the spot three proposals in the budgetary allocation.

The leaders said there was a misplaced allocation of Ksh 26 billion by the Treasury in the name of development.

"We highlight the following misplaced allocations: one, the National Treasury has Ksh 26B more in the name of development; two, the State Department for Devolution has an increase of Ksh 2.6B in development expenditure; three, the State Department of Housing has been allocated an additional Ksh 72B which is higher than that of 10 counties combined," Kalonzo Musyoka said, flanked by other Azimio la Umoja co-principals.

Azimio la Umoja leaders at a past event.
Azimio la Umoja leaders at a past event.
Raila Odinga

Kalonzo asked Kenyans and other interested parties to combine efforts to condemn the Kenya Kwanza regime and reject their overambitious budget proposal.

"In light of these grievous transgressions, we as a coalition urge the international community, civil society organizations and concerned citizens both at home and abroad to stand in solidarity with Kenyans in condemning the Kenya Kwanza regime’s blatant disregard for the public good," the statement said.

According to them, Ksh 1 trillion was put across as budgeted corruption for the next financial year as Kenyans struggle with poverty.

The opposition was responding to a budget proposal read by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Professor Njuguna Ndung'u on the floor of the National Assembly.

The budget proposal ceiling of Ksh 4 trillion, a first-of-its-kind, proposed different amounts to run the republic and steer it to economic recovery.

In the energy sector for example, the Treasury proposed an allocation of Ksh 27 billion for the enhancement of the national electricity grid. 

Ksh 14 billion for projects to tap more energy from the geothermal potential in Ol Karia and Ksh 920 million for the nuclear power dream. 

Treasury proposed Ksh 656.6 billion for the government’s investment in education.

In the increase from last financial year's budget, Ksh 358.2 billion is expected to got to the Teachers Service Commission. 

To support free education, the Treasury proposed Ksh 9.1 billion and Ksh 61.9 billion for free day secondary education. 

A Ksh5 billion fee waiver on exams. Ksh 30.7 billion for junior secondary schools (JSS) capitation. Ksh 13.4 billion for the conversion of 46,000 JSS interns into permanent and pensionable terms. 

Ksh 142.3 billion for basic education, Ksh 128 billion for higher education and research and Ksh30.7 billion for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs).

Raila Odinga when officially opened the Pan African Human Rights & Social Justice Conference.
Raila Odinga when officially opened the Pan African Human Rights & Social Justice Conference.
Raila Odinga
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