Cabinet met this morning to discuss important matters that concern our country at this time, including the financial implications of the Supreme Court decision in respect of the August 8 elections and expenditure on emerging priorities.
Cabinet was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by Deputy President William Ruto, and all Cabinet Secretaries, except CS Foreign Affairs who is currently leading Kenya’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Cabinet decided to reorganize planned expenditures for 2017/18 fiscal year, in line with Article 223 of the Constitution and Section 44 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 2012 in order to meet the obligations wrought by the new priorities.
Accordingly, Cabinet agreed to regularise all approved expenditures granted in terms of Article 223 of the Constitution and also approved all the reallocations as proposed in the Financial Year 2017/18 Supplementary Budget estimates.
There are five core areas of focus in the Supplementary budget.
Enhanced Free Secondary Education
Government is fully committed to providing complete free day secondary education effective January 1, 2018. Requisite infrastructure will be provided through government initiative that leads to 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.
To this end, Cabinet approved an allocation of Kshs 25 billion to cover the programme.
In 2018, the Form One intake will cater for 1,003,552 learners sitting their KCPE this year. Of this 903,200 will join public schools, while 100,322 will join private ones.
The budget allocation now made will cater for an anticipated influx of leaders into public schools at the dawn of free day secondary education.
Fresh Presidential elections
The Supreme Court, in its Sept 1 decision, directed that repeat presidential elections be held within 60 days.
Cabinet today approved an allocation of Kshs 10 billion to cover these repeat Presidential elections. This allocation was based on a proposed budget submitted by the electoral agency IEBC.
Cabinet approved an allocation of Kshs 6.5 billion to cover the enhanced Inua Jamii programme, under which all Kenyans aged 70 and above are entitled to a stipend that ensures they lead decent lives in retirement
African Nations Championships (CHAN)
Cabinet approved an allocation of Kshs 4.2 billion to cover the hosting of the African Nations Championships (CHAN), one in a growing list of events Kenya has bid for as part of showcasing our nation’s talent and promoting tourism.
Cabinet also approved a tranche of Kshs 1.9 billion to settle the last of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), a legacy of the 2007/08 post-election violence.
Cabinet agreed to rationalize Government allocations to development projects funded fully using locally raised revenues, as well as curtail aspects of expenditure not seen as priorities in order to meet its new obligations.
Manoah Esipisu MBS
State House Spokesperson
21 September 2017