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  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: The other issue is the public debt. We agree that we have not gone beyond the red light in terms of public debt. We are starting to get a warning light that we are almost getting there. It is important as a country that we start thinking seriously about public debt. If you analyse the public debt, we have put a lot of money in the area of infrastructure. If you analyse the issue of creation of employment and economic growth, there are two areas which if we ignore as a country we will not go far, namely, agricultural and ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: The other area is payment of interest rates. If you look at paragraph 8, it says that this particular year, interest payable as well as redemptions is going to increase from Kshs466 billion to Kshs621 billion. In terms of payments, these are first charged to the Consolidated Fund. It means that you cannot even budget for any other thing before you get this payment out of the Budget. To some extent, it affects Budget flexibility. We are left with so little revenue that at the end of the day we are not able to meet our priorities or fund the ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: As we talk about public debt, the issue of paying interest rates - which we must pay because we have no choice - is another indicator which we need to monitor. Otherwise, as time goes on you will find that all we are collecting as local revenue, about 50 per cent, goes to pay interest and other items which are first charged to the Consolidated Fund. So, in that case, we will have no Budget. view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: Paragraph 9 talks about pension payments. Every year, we pay pensions to our retired officers. What is happening now is that as we pay these pensions which are also first charged to the Consolidated Fund, you realise that it will get to a level where it will be difficult to pay this. I suggest that the Government should immediately think about contributory pension schemes so that civil servants are able to contribute. With time, then they will draw from that fund which will be generated through their contribution so that we do not draw that from the general revenue collection. ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: On the issue of the budget deficit, when you look at the Budget Policy Statement, the projected amount was 6 per cent but, with this Budget, we have moved beyond that. It is important that even as we move forward, we think about re-prioritisation and rationalisation of the Budget to the extent that we are in the range of 6 per cent. The idea is that by 2022, the East African countries are expected to have a 4 per cent budget deficit. So, the more we start moving far from that, the more we are not adhering to our agreement ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: The other point is that when we went for public hearings, a number of things came up and it is important to highlight them. I know that the Chairman did not have time. One of them, which I think is very important, is the issue under the security docket, the so called village elders. The electronic version of the Official Hansard Report is for information purposesonly. A certified version of this Report can be obtained from the Hansard Editor. view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: I am sure you know them even from your village. They are not paid any allowance. This House needs to help the Government to start paying some of these people some allowance. If that is done, it is going to improve security within our villages. They do a lot of work, but they are never paid by anybody. view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: Another issue that has come up is the Kenya Power in terms of inefficiency. This Report appreciates the fact that Kenya Power enjoys monopoly. As a result of that, they are taking things for granted. If you go to their offices or try to call them, they hardly address the needs of the community. I can quote one in my constituency, the Kitui Office, where even I, as a Member of Parliament, have been trying to reach that office for the last three weeks by calling. They have an emergency line which is never picked by anybody and I have ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: The other area is the hiring of medical equipment. We are hiring medical equipment and motor vehicles for the police. It is important that we do an audit after these past four years. This Report proposes something we call a social accountability mechanism which is more of a social indicator, but we need the same, an accountability framework for leasing of medical equipment or motor vehicles. We allocate a lot of money for this particular item. I have a strong feeling that we are not getting value of money as Kenyans. I can give you an example. If you go ... view
  • 28 Mar 2017 in National Assembly: The other area is the money we give to our elderly, disabled and orphans which is also a lot. It is about Ksh19 billion in this financial year. We are getting some complaints from our people that we need to have this money audited. That is why I support the proposal to have a social accountability framework or mechanism so that at the end of the day, these funds which we are saving for the benefit of Kenyans actually benefit them. view