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Treasury CS Ukur Yattani displays the Budget briefcase before he tabled it in Parliament on June 11, 2020. /TIMOTHY OLOBULU.

Kenya

Security agencies to get Sh168bn in new budget

NAIROBI, Kenya June 11 – Security agencies have been allocated Sh168 billion in the new budget.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani said the money will be distributed for the National Police Service, National Inteligence Service and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

He also allocated Sh3.4 billion fund for medical insurance of the security sectors.

On insurance, some Sh2.2 billion was been allocated for “group person insurance” for both the National Police and Prison Services.

The Treasury CS said security is crucial for the country’s economic development-saying part of the money will also be used to enhance national communication and surveillance system and modernisation of police stations.

“Mr. Speaker, ensuring a safe environment is vital for the development, this will among other things ensure rapid response to incidents of Crime,” the CS said when he presented the Budget statement.

The Sh3.2 budget is largely meant to cushion the country’s economic meltdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic that has so far infected 3,215 people and killed 92 others.

“At this time, for us to continue cushioning the economy investment at all levels, whether recurrent or development, it is necessary to keep the country going,” the CS said.

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Also factored in the budget include Sh1 billion for the National Integrated Identity Management System.

The system is intended to create and operate a national population register as a single source of information about Kenyan citizens and foreigners residing in the country.

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