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Jubilee has misplaced priorities, says Raila

15 June 2015, 16:35 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says that the recently revealed budget is not in touch with reality.

Raila says that the KES 2.1 Trillion budget is filled with misplaced priorities and that devolution has once again been given the raw end of the stick.

Raila insists that the amounts allocated to Security are too high and that the money should instead be added to the devolution kitty.

" I followed keenly the reading of the Budget but I later asked myself if the CS was living in Kenya or some other foreign country", he asked.

" I was surprised by the high amounts of money sent out to departments that will not help the youth and women."

" He was not speaking like a Kenyan. He allocated KES 200 billion for security and only KES 290 billion for county governments," said Odinga.

Raila added that devolution, the key gain made by the country in the last three years has not been given more money despite the importance of the process.

" The minister spoke for one hour, 45 minutes, but only used five minutes to talk about devolution. There is no money in counties where the youth can secure jobs or tenders," he complained

" What counties such as Nairobi and Lamu receive is not enough to even pay workers," he added.

He stated that the Okoa Kenya Referendum would ensure that Devolution is given as much weight as it deserves.

The government has insisted that Devolution is still key to its agenda and that it is not reigning in on it.

" The government is keen to ensure that Devolution plays a big role in the development of the nation thus the increase in funds for devolution, CS Rotich stated last week during his budget reading speech.

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