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NIS, Defence ministry get Sh7.6bn for Covid fight


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NIS, Defence ministry get Sh7.6bn for Covid fight


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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • A mini budget presented to Parliament by the Treasury for adoption shows that the Defence ministry was allocated additional Sh3.19 billion and the NIS (Sh4.5 billion) in the first half of the current financial year without the approval of Parliament.
  • Article 223 of the Constitution stipulates the national government may spend money that has not been appropriated and seek the approval of Parliament within two months after the first withdrawal of the money.

The Defence Ministry and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) have received Sh7.69 billion to enhance security operations and fund programmes, including those related to the containment of Covid-19.

A mini budget presented to Parliament by the Treasury for adoption shows that the Defence ministry was allocated additional Sh3.19 billion and the NIS (Sh4.5 billion) in the first half of the current financial year without the approval of Parliament.

Article 223 of the Constitution stipulates the national government may spend money that has not been appropriated and seek the approval of Parliament within two months after the first withdrawal of the money.

The mini-budget shows that the Defence Ministry received Sh3.197 billion out of which “Sh250 million is to cater for enhanced security operations related to the containment of the spread of Covid-19.”

A further Sh687 million went to the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) while Sh2 billion was used for emergency security operation. Some Sh259.6 million was used for dredging of Kisumu and Mbita ports.

Under the NIS budget, the Sh4.5 billion went to “enhanced operations and maintenance for security operations.” NIS budgetary spending is not open to public scrutiny.

The Treasury allocated Sh39.05 billion to NIS in the year to June 2021, making it one of the best funded State agencies.

The spy agency got an additional Sh1.5 billion in April through the revised budget for anti-coronavirus operations. Details of the operations were also not made public.

A recent report revealed that NIS supplied ventilators — used in intensive care for Covid-19 patients with breathing difficulties — worth Sh300 million to the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) in a procurement puzzle that a parliamentary committee could not crack.

The committee said Kemsa received a consignment of Covid-19 Health Products and Technologies (HPTs) from the spy agency.

“The committee observed that Kemsa received a consignment of Covid-19 HPTs from the NIS. This included 100 ventilators,” the committee said.



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