WATCH: Kenyan MPs miss budget reading to drink alcohol
10 June 2016, 13:31
Nairobi - Kenyan MPs were in the spotlight Friday after it emerged that some of them snubbed the annual budgetary reading in Parliament to go drink alcohol.
As Kenya announced a record increase in budgetary spending which saw an increase in prices of basic commodities, Citizen TV reported, Kenyan MPs, who will debate and implement the budget in the coming year were up to no good.
The MP's according to some reports could not be fussed about the budget reading, with some leaving for the Parliamentary bar to take drinks while Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich read his budgetary estimates for the fiscal year 2016/17.
Sources in Parliament that spoke to News24 stated that close to 50 MPs were at the bar drinking while some chose to catch up with the budgetary reading on national television from the comfort of the restaurant just a few metres from the Parliamentary chambers.
" The bar was full, with MPs having fun while the budget reading took place," News24 was told.
The behaviour by MPs was shocking, considering that the budget, The Daily Nation reported, left Kenya with a KES 700 billion deficit.
Of the KES 2.3 trillion budget, Kenya expects to finance KES 1.5 trillion out of revenue collection, with the balance covered via internal and external borrowing, the report stated.
The Standard further reported that there are several factors that could derail the implementation of the expanded budget, with fears raised over the government's ability to deliver, considering several key factors.
One of the main issues is that 2017 will see the General Elections take place and the likelyhood that the government will focus its energies on ensuring it earns re-election are high.