Sunday, February 20, 2022 – A showdown looms between allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and those allied to his deputy, William Ruto, following proposed budget amendments by Kikuyu MP and UDA adherent Kimani Ichung’wa.
Ichung’wa wants the budget allocated to the Office of the President, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defence cut by Ksh50 billion.
“Ksh50 billion be provided under the Ministry of Trade and Industrialisation to support credit finance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) adversely affected by the pandemic,”
“This will be financed by reallocations from the recurrent expenditures of the Office of the President, Ministry of Defence, and The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government,” Ichung’wa proposed.
Additionally, Ichungwa proposed the addition of over Ksh300 billion to the State Department of the Youth under the Ministry of Information, Communications, and Technology to boost the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund.
Ruto’s allies want the money dubbed Hustler Fund to boost the DP’s aspirations in case he succeeds President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 9 polls.
The latest move by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) allied MPs is seen as an attempt to implement elements of the bottom-up economic model before the next government is elected.
However, Uhuru’s allies have termed Ichung’wa’s proposal as a campaign strategy for Ruto and his UDA and vowed to fight it to the bitter end.
The Kenyan DAILY POST