Eurobond billions: Curious incident of a dog in the night-time

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich reads his speech during the official opening of public hearings for the financial year 2016/17, on November 18, 2015 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. The Treasury reports that budget absorption last financial year was rather slow, on both recurrent and development accounts. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • We were told that if the judgement debt was not settled, the bond issue would fail, and economic chaos would follow. The President ordered the settlement.
  • And ours was, and still is the single largest issue by a sub-Saharan African country, excluding South Africa.
  • From the proceeds, the government settled a $600 million (Sh53 billion) debt it had borrowed from commercial banks in 2011, leaving $2.15 billion (Sh197 billion) to spend.
  • Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich recently presented figures to Parliament showing that the entire Sh197 billion was all allocated to ministries for infrastructure projects.

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