Better public debate on figures needed

Former Kinangop MP Mary Wanjiru among other Kenyans waits outside Parliament Buildings in Nairobi yesterday when Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich presented the Budget. PHOTO/

EVANS HABIL

What you need to know:

  • From December to February, the discussion should focus on revenue-sharing between the two levels of government. In February and March, the talks should mostly be about relative priorities at sector level. More for health or agriculture?
  • This is not a trivial matter because the Senate version of the Division of Revenue Bill (from May 15) requires the national government to allocate an extra Sh10 billion to regional hospitals, money which was not included in the budget tabled in April. From where?
  • The second stage is the setting of the sector ceilings, which should be known by March. The Budget Policy Statement 2014 proposed total ministerial spending of Sh1.11 trillion. Of this, Sh652 billion was for recurrent expenditure and Sh459 billion for development spending.

The Constitution now requires that budget-making involves conversation among the Executive, Parliament and the public.

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