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Budget Controller concerned over "bloated" spending

13 November 2013, 10:15

Nairobi - The Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo, has decried the amount of money spent on salaries arguing this was at the expense of service delivery projects.

She argued what the government expenditure on salaries was “colossal” and could derail efforts to develop the country.

Odhiambo added that the workforce was bloated, a development she said unnecessarily increased the wage bill.

“The amount of money going towards emoluments is too high and it is because of a bloated workforce,” she said.
She said this was a “serious concern” that required attention from the government.

“We cannot spend so much on salaries at the expense of development. We must strike a balance between emoluments and development. We need a national policy to address the issue both at the national and county government levels,” she said during a meeting with the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Odhiambo expressed concern that ministries show a total disregard for circulars directing them to cut down on expenditure.

Figures from the budget chief’s office reveal that out of the KES 610.6 billion recurrent budget for 215 ministries and government departments in the current financial year, KES 252.2 billion was allocated to personnel luxuries.

This comes in the wake of biting poverty among the populace.

The government aims to cut down on unnecessary expenditure and strengthening key sectors like agriculture and tourism. The two sectors are the country’s major foreign currency earners.

– CAJ News


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