William Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta On the Spot for Illegally Spending 597.7 Billion

ByEdgar Wabwire
Published on: Feb 08, 2024 11:02
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and President William Ruto. Photo Courtesy

In the heart of Nairobi, within the towering walls of Parliament, the echoes of power reverberated through the corridors as Auditor General Nancy Gathungu raised her voice, not in praise, but in alarm. 

The flags of caution fluttered high above both the Jubilee and Kenya Kwanza administrations' reckless expenditures, casting a shadow over the fiscal responsibility of the nation.

Gathungu's eyes scanned the Supplementary Budget Expenditure Report, a tome chronicling the financial transgressions spanning from 2014 to 2023. Her findings were staggering, revealing a staggering sum of Ksh597.7 billion siphoned from the public coffers without the sanctity of parliamentary approval.

With the weight of constitutional obligation bearing down upon her, Gathungu emphasized the constitutional mandate of seeking parliamentary consent within a stipulated timeframe, a protocol both administrations had flagrantly ignored. 

"In any particular financial year, the national government may not spend under this Article more than ten per cent of the sum appropriated by Parliament for that financial year unless, in special circumstances, Parliament has approved a higher percentage," she noted.

As her scrutiny delved deeper, Gathungu uncovered a tapestry of fiscal irresponsibility. In the annals of history, the 2018/19 financial year would be etched as a monument to heedless spending, with Ksh128 billion squandered without a nod from the esteemed members of parliament.

Yet, the narrative of fiscal folly did not cease with the change of political guard. With the dawn of Ruto's administration, the floodgates of financial imprudence burst open wider still. The report's damning finger pointed to a staggering Ksh147.3 billion spent without a parliamentary blessing in the 2022/2023 Financial Year alone.

But it was not merely the magnitude of expenditures that drew Gathungu's ire; it was the insidious nature of their allocation. Subsidized fertilizer purchased at the peak of the harvest season, billions spent on phantom supplies languishing unused, and the bitter realization of Ksh2 billion lost in the construction of unfit classrooms—all laid bare in her meticulous examination.

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