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Govt urges increased buget allocation to Ministry of Gender

16 May 2012, 11:32 Alloys Musyoka

The government has been asked to increase allocation of funds to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development in the 2012 2013 budget allocation to assist dealing with children problems across the country.

Children Welfare society of Kenya (CWSK) want the government to consider increasing budget allocation to the Ministry from the proposed 0.65 per cent to 6.0 per cent.

Addressing a parliamentary budget committee on Saturday Children Welfare Society of Kenya Coast region Coordinator Mrs. Susan Kuria said the government should increase allocation to the Ministry to enable them to help many children across the country.

She said the Society is taxed with assisting sexually abused children, children of jailed parents, abandoned children, children rescued from early marriage among other children in need of parental care and thus needs quite a lot of funds to support them.

“Allocating such a small percentage to that Ministry is not fair we want it increase because we deal with many children across the country which the government itself have been unable to help them,” she noted.

Mean while some locals asked the government top increase allocation of Agriculture since it was the only mean could help assist Coastal people.

Speaking at the same meeting Mrs. Sera Gandi said the region is good in Agriculture urging the government to well fund Agricultural Ministry in order to assist Coast people.

“If at all the government is serious we want Agricultural Ministry well funded so that water which is always going in waste from our river can be used for irrigation.

We also want Ministry of industrialization to be well funded too so that companies like cashew nut, Bixa and Sugar companies to be revived,” she said.

She also blamed Malindi leaders for grabbing land all over the district displacing them from their lands noting that they were eveicted from their land which they have been living for over ten years preparing concretes by tycoons claiming to own the land.

The parliamentary committee which was chaired by Msambweni Member parliament Omar Zonga and his Wundanyi counter part Thomas Mwadegu assured locals that their views would be considered.
Zonga said that all Kenyans will be given a chance to contribute to the national budget before it is adopted.

“The process is going countrywide and every Kenyan will be given a chance to contribute to the National budget. I want to let you know that what you are giving us here today it will be presented to the national budget committee for incorporation,” he said.

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