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MP's caution treasury on corruption, wastefulness

11 February 2014, 18:09 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Members of parliament have called on treasury to look at measures which will ensure there is reduced wastage of funds in government.

The government has recently fought off suggestions that it is corrupt and wasteful with president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto promising stern measures on anyone found guilty of corruption.

With budget estimates for 2014 currently being drawn up, there are now calls for the government to be extra vigilant on spending patterns in the country.

Members of the budget and appropriations committee have called on treasury to instil confidence in the public concerning government spending and have urged the authorities to hand in reports on the scale and stature of spending.

Speaking in parliament during a presentation on the supplementary budgets by treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, the committee called on stringent measures to curb corruption, terming it the biggest obstacle to curbing loss of public funds.

" The biggest issue as regards budgeting and government spending is corruption, followed by the bad use of public funds, committee chair Mutava Musyimi said.

" It is important that we find a solution to the problem and deal with it to ensure that public money is well spent, he added.

He cited the controversial public tendering processes which he said have caused alarm in the public domain, saying they have given government a bad image.

On his part, Rotich promised increased checks and balances and added that government will provide the committee with reports on big spending.

" As a government, we are committed to ensuring that corruption and wasteful spending is reduced and that we have those implicated in such incidences prosecuted, he said.

Rotich was presenting the supplementary budget to the committee, where he outlined plans to add government investment in areas such as infrastructure development and public service delivery.

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