, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – State House has denied claims that it plans to use Sh4 billion for renovations.
In a statement, the Presidential Press Service said that seven State Houses and lodges across the country had been allocated Sh1.8 billion in the budget for recurrent and development expenditure.
The statement has clarified that “out of this, the repairs, routine maintenance and facelift have been allocated only Sh300 million.”
State House termed reports appearing in a local daily on the purported Sh4bn spending as malicious and intended to create an impression that President Uhuru Kenyatta is insensitive to public spending.
“The truth is that the proposed recurrent and development expenditure for the seven State Houses and lodges located across the country as captured in the 2013/2014 estimates is Sh1.8 billion.”
According to the Treasury, the proposed budgetary allocations to State House will focus on improving the infrastructure and aesthetics, timely release of presidential speeches to media houses, provision of quality hospitality services organizing and coordinating government business for effective public service delivery.
President Kenyatta while speaking during the official opening of the 11th Parliament said that there was urgent need to manage Kenya’s resources prudently.