NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – The Treasury plans to allocate a total of Sh1.64 trillion in the 2013/2014 financial year for government expenditure, a 12 percent increase from this year’s Sh1.45 trillion budget.
The national government is expected to spend over Sh1.01 trillion with Sh568.3 billion in recurrent expenditure and Sh442.7 billion in development expenditure to ministries and government departments.
County governments have been allocated Sh198.7 billion, Sh24 billion to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), while the Judiciary has budgeted for Sh22 billion.
A total of Sh380 billion will go to the Consolidated Fund which is set aside to pay public pension and repay public debt.
The highest allocation of Sh143.1 billion is to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) among the government agencies and the ministries.
The amount will focus mainly on remuneration of existing teachers as well as employment of additional teachers and also establish commission’s offices at the county levels.
It is projected that the amount may increase in the 2014/15 financial year to Sh148.8 billion.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been allocated Sh130.5 billion made up of Sh97.1 billion as recurrent expenditure and Sh33.5 billion as development expenditure.
The huge chunk of the money will be used to provide free solar powered laptops to class one pupils. Other projects include strengthening free and primary education, promotion and coordination of higher and technical education, research, national science, technology and innovation.
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has been allocated Sh125.7 billion, a similar allocation as the previous year, made up of Sh102.9 billion in development expenditure and Sh22.8 billion in recurrent expenditure.
The money will be mainly used for completion of ongoing road projects in addition to maintaining the already existing road network, rehabilitation and maintenance of ramps at and jetties at Mombasa, rehabilitation and maintenance of airstrips across the country and operationalisation of the National Road Safety Council.
Other projects include the development of the second container Port at Mombasa, expansion and modernisation of the Isiolo airport, establishment of transport offices in the counties and implementation of the LAPSSET project.
The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will be allocated Sh108.9 billion mainly to provide secure, living and working environment and protection of citizen’s property and enhance peace through conflict mitigation.
One of the main mandates of the new ministry is to provide strategic leadership and policy direction, a secure environment and set the agenda for achieving social-economic and political development for Kenyans.
The new Ministry of Devolution and Planning has been allocated Sh84.8 billion made up of Sh16 billion in recurrent and Sh68.3 billion in development expenditure.
A huge chunk of this allocation will be used to enhance implementation of Vision 2030 flagship projects as well as provide technical support services for the devolved government.
The National Treasury has been allocated Sh69 billion to focus on modernization of tax administration review of State Corporations, fiscal decentralization by devolving functions of the National Treasury to the counties, build capacity of County Governments on financial matters and operationalisation of the Competition Authority of Kenya.
The Treasury also allocated Sh78.5 billion to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, largely flat over the previous year.
The Ministry of Defence got Sh60.4 billion while the new Ministry of Mining has been allocated Sh574 million.