Khalwale claims favouritism in government spending
24 July 2014, 18:00
Nairobi - Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale has criticized what he says is the Jubilee government's favouritism in development spending, saying they have focused on central and Rift Valley.
Khalwale, speaking at the Senate Thursday, was critical of what he described as skewed spending by the government.
He cited the Nyeri General Hospital and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret as having been boosted by government funding at the expense of other needy hospitals in the country.
This was in reaction to a debate fronted by figures of government borrowing from China, of which it was revealed the country owes the Chinese KES 890 billion in loans and grants.
" My worry is that the funding of projects appears to be one sided and favouring some regions, he said while mentioning the above named facilities.
There has been talk by the CORD coalition in which Khalwale belongs, of some regions being favoured and Khalwale insisted that the government provide figures of development projects funded by the Chinese and their progress.
His comments though were met with ridicule from members of the Senate from the named regions, with some claiming his statement was ethnically infringing.
Led by Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe, they claimed that the assertion that areas from which president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto come from are favoured was wrong and filled with ill motive.
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