Ruto, Gachagua, Mudavadi get Sh802 million for new cars
By Wanja Waweru
The budget allocation for the acquisition of new cars for Kenya’s top three government offices has increased eightfold in the most recent budget changes.
President William Ruto’s office, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua’s office, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi’s office have been allocated Sh802.2 million to buy motor vehicles in the current fiscal year, a significant increase from what was previously allocated as Kenyans come to terms with a bloated government that has scuttled Kenya Kwanza’s austerity measures.
The three offices were allotted Sh100.8 million in the budget estimates for Fiscal Year 2022/23, though the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary was not included.
The biggest beneficiary among the three is Mr Gachagua whose office was given Sh290.8 million for the vehicles, an increase of Sh200 million from Sh90.8 million that had previously been allocated by former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.
In total, the budget for the purchase of new cars for all the State bodies in the current financial year ending June more than doubled to Sh2.06 billion from Sh810.3 million that had been allocated in the original budget, with the three offices accounting for more than 40 percent of the budget.