Govt Spends Kshs778M on Parties in 3 Months
Government offices have increased the money they spent on parties in the three months leading to September 2018.
According to the Controller of Budget report, the Ministry of Interior headed by CS Fred Matiang’i was at the top, increasing the amount it spent on entertainment more than 10 times, from Kshs11.7 million a year earlier to Kshs111.7 million.
Foreign Affairs and Tourism Ministries also increased their expenditures tenfold to Kshs118.8 million and Kshs35.9 million respectively.
That compounded the figure spent by the public offices to Kshs778 million from Kshs646 million the same period last year.
The office of the President on the other hand, spent Kshs155.8 million in the same period which was a decrease from Kshs167 million in the same period last year.
The funds were reportedly spent on entertainment, hospitality, reception and catering.
Broken down, the office of the president, the Interior ministry and that of Foreign Affairs accounted for 53 per cent of the total budget of the money spent by the state on entertainment.
This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta proposed the reduction of taxpayer’s money spent on non-essential functions such as travel and catering.
Deputy William Ruto and he even reduced their entertainment budget after outcry on increase in taxes.
The government officials are also not allowed to travel outside the country without approval from office of the President.
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