Uhuru: Shaken but not stirred

May 27, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday vowed to push ahead with his agenda at Treasury despite an apparent attempt to frustrate his work.

Speaking during the opening of a two day Eurofinace Conference in Nairobi, Mr. Kenyatta said no amount of criticism would deter him from his duties.

“I can assure you that my stint at Treasury, as some are trying to reduce it, we have committed ourselves to make a difference to the Republic of Kenya and the good people of this nation,” he said.

The minister however urged his detractors to stop crticising but instead concentrate on ways to better the country.

Responding to queries of why he has been silent on the issue Mr. Kenyatta said: “I have come to the conclusion that silence and action is better than a lot of empty rhetoric.”
Mr Kenyatta’s statement came barely hours before the Parliamentary Budget Committee cleared him of any wrongdoing over alleged irregularities in the Supplementary Budget.

The Committee’s Vice Chairman Dr Julius Kones said they combed through the estimates and found out that the figures were correct and are consistent with the Appropriations Bill passed by the House.

“We had the opportunity to review and analyse the estimates, to counter-check with Supplementary Appropriations Bill and can support with the tables that we have computed,” he said.

The Mars Group led by Mwalimu Mati had on Tuesday come up with fresh discrepancies in the revised supplementary budget amounting to an estimated Sh10.7 billion.

Disputed areas in the second supplement revolved around recurrent expenditure and financing of development expenditure.

The first Supplementary Budget tabled in Parliament was shot down by Imenti South legislator Gitobu Imanyara. The discrepancies were later attributed to a typing error and the minister was cleared of any wrong doing.


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