CORD MPs protest KSh 2.5 billion allocated to DP Ruto’s office
Deputy President William Ruto’s office has been allocated KSh2.557 billion which will go the recurrent expenditure and development
The allocation has, however, angered the opposition who have questioned why the money is allocated to the DP’s office
A war of words erupted between the opposition and the office of the deputy president on Thursday, March 3, when it emerged that billions of shillings had been allocated to the DP by the national assembly.
The allocation of KSh 2.557 billion to Ruto’s office prompted Minority Leader in the National Assembly Jakoyo Midiwo to protest in parliament, question why such colossal sums of money were being given to the DP’s office yet it is a section of the presidency.
“Why should this Parliament give the DP Sh2 billion? What projects does he undertake when Kenyans who are being taxed have no roads?” Midiwo protested as quoted by The Star.
Midiwo made the protests during the approval of the budget policy statement for the financial year 2016.
The MP said that parliamentarians are being used as rubber stamps to give money to entities that do not deserve them. He added that he will rally other MPs to stop such transactions next time.
“We must next time not be used as rubber stamps. We shall reallocate resources according to the appropriation powers given to this Parliament,” Midiwo said.
His sentiments were supported by South Mugirango legislator Manson Nyamweya who wondered why the deputy president was being given such amount of money.
Nyamweya estimated that with the allocation, Ruto would be using KSh6.5 million per day, something that he lamented as Kenyans needs better services.
The latest comes at a time when the opposition is on record question the source of the huge chunks of money Ruto is fond of giving out in Harambee.
Opposition leaders led by Raila Odinga have always believed that Ruto should explain where he obtains the money from, and such allocations only serve to fuel their suspicion even further.
At one harambee, the DP dished out KSh17 million which he had carried in envelopes, something that stunned everybody.