Kenyan Government Budget Expenditure Estimates 2012/2013.
Kenyans must be keen on Government's expenditure in the 2012/13 budget estimates especially during this time when the country is shifting from central Government to devolved one. Personally I’m shocked by some of the proposals made by different >>>
Government departments in this year’s budget for the structuring and formation of the devolved government for they seem overambitious and unrealistic.
Government officials and politicians should stop using devolution as an excuse of spending public funds.Virtually every authority in this country wants to construct houses and buy cars for county officials as they decentralize.
These constructions are not cost effective and we all know the costs are always exaggerated and also provide loop-holes for corruption. The officials being deployed should instead get house allowance I suggest.
Some of the proposals given in the budget estimates have ridiculous amount quoted hence the government should have guts and go through the proposals one by one to verify and ensure public funds are not misused.
For example IEBC proposal to purchase ballot boxes was not realistic. One box was being quoted at USD50 ( Kshs4,250) which is quite ambitious.
Despite the fact that the government has undertaken tax reforms to increase revenue collection, the government should factor in election related risks and effects on slowing growth according to past trends in economic and political history.
For the last ten years the country’s economy tends to dip during the election period and takes time to pick up in anticipation to political changes.
I’m also of the opinion that Githae’s budget should focus on health to allow more resources to lower level health facilities and education for the benefit of the poor who cannot enjoy the benefit of tertiary health and education facilities.
The government should also explore ways of widening PAYE tax brackets to enable it reduce the massive budget deficit expected in the 2012/2013 fiscal budget set to be unveiled in parliament this afternoon. PAYE burden falls on the just 2 million employees against a labour force of more than10 million.
Lastly the government should consider removing the tax incentives which have had a negative impact on revenue collection and have not helped the economy to achieve the desired economic impact.