NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – The Cabinet has approved the issuance of 3 million title deeds and the digitisation of the Lands and Company Registries during a special sitting on Sunday, where the 2014/2015 budget estimates were discussed.
The special sitting which was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the Wednesday deadline also approved strategies seeking to reduce the overall cost of living, reduce poverty and unemployment.
The meeting also approved measures taken by the government to reduce wastage, which the Cabinet said had so far saved Sh27 billion through austerity measures.
“The Cabinet called for further identification and rationalisation in other areas of wastage, duplication, ambiguities and inconsistencies down to the counties,” a statement from State House said.
It has also made monetary provisions for security officers to lease aircraft for operations, construction of the forensic laboratory, command and control communication and modernisation of defence and security capabilities.
The budget further provides for the completion of the Mavoko Housing and Konza projects which target low cost housing and the upgrading of slums.
Food Security strategies discussed included fertiliser production, Restructuring of Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), Revival of pyrethrum sector, Agriculture Development Corporation (ADC) and milk coolers.
“Energy transformation programmes in power generation, transmission, supply including drastic reduction in cost of power and new connections all estimated at Sh8 billion. Robust strategies to support Leather and Textile sectors; development of Special Economic Zones; support to new emerging industries; and reduction in cost of doing business all budgeted at over Sh5.5 billion,” the statement went on to say.
It further prioritised roads, airports, ports and other infrastructure projects and decongestion of Nairobi junctions, LAPSSET and more rural access roads all estimated at over Sh51 billion.
The leasing of medical equipment/facilities, malaria control and vector borne and other diseases, and restructuring of NHIF was to cost approximately over Sh5 billion.
“Motorcycles for all chiefs, 1200 vehicles for National Government Coordinators County Commissioners/Deputy County Commissioners/Assistant County Commissioners and Chiefs; vehicle and aircraft leasing for security officers; forensic laboratory; Command and Control Communication, support and modernisation of security and defence capabilities,” the statement said.