Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Accused of Disregarding Budget Cuts

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Accused of Disregarding Budget Cuts

Written by Alphonce Shiundu | From Standard Digital News

President Uhuru Kenyatta has flouted his government’s own ban on posh retreats in luxury hotels after he hauled all his Cabinet secretaries and their principal secretaries to the exclusive Mount Kenya Safari Club for a three-day retreat.

Uhuru’s decision to go to the secluded venue for a meeting with top government officers flies in the face of public calls made by his appointee at the National Treasury, Henry Rotich, that Government departments have to hold retreats in State-owned institutions with catering facilities.

Mr Rotich’s circular on the ban on luxury hotels was issued late last year, as the Government grappled with a ballooning wage bill, the costs associated with devolution and numerous strikes from teachers, nurses, and doctors. In an ironic twist, the President, his deputy William Ruto, the entire Cabinet and the principal secretaries will be holed up at the affluent hotel to work on the Budget and determine how to cut down the huge public wage bill.

The retreat comes at a time when the House Committee on Budget and Appropriations has rallied Parliament to adopt severe budget cuts to crucial dockets, in an effort to get money to keep the massive bureaucracy at the national government working.

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