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Ksh3.02 trillion budget presents headache for Rotich

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Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is set to present the Ksh3.02 trillion budget for the financial year 2019/2020 at the National Assembly at a time when the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has failed to reach it’s revenue targets leaving the treasury honcho sweating on exactly how he will plug the estimated Ksh607 billion budget deficit that will accrue.

Rotich has set KRA a target of Ksh2.2 trillion against the Ksh 1.8 trillion that the taxman has raised which is likely to pile more pressure on incoming KRA Comissioner General James Githii Mburu.

Eyes will be trained on Rotich as he reads the country’s largest budget since independence.

Allocations
From the Ksh3.02 trillion the government will allocate Ksh1.7 trillion to fund it’s operations, Ksh371.6 billion has been earmarked as the equitable share for the counties and Ksh805.8 billion will be channeled towards the Consolidated Fund Services (CFS), a facility to which all revenue due to the national government is channeled.

This year, most of the money in the consolidated fund will go towards servicing the country’s mammoth debt.

In the budget, Ksh473.3 billion will be taken by the education sector. Energy, ICT and Infrastructure are expected to gobble up Ksh406.7 billion.

National Security will consume Ksh139.1 billion, Defence Ksh121 billion, Health Ksh93 billion and Agriculture Ksh59.1 billion.

Backdrop
Latest Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows that the public debt currently stands at Ksh5.4 trillion but analysts opine that the government might be forced to borrow in order to ensure that it funds the various development projects it has lined up.

Osborn Wanyoike, an associate director at audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC) says that Rotich has a difficult task on his hands in ensuring that the budget for the next financial years aligns to the country’s goals.

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{Read; Knight Frank: Idle money likely to be injected into the economy}

According to Wanyoike, Rotich only has two options to ensure that KRA meets its targets by ensuring that it nets tax cheats or raise taxes but says it is unlikely the treasury mandarin is unlikely to go down the latter route.

“Given the country’s economic state at the moment. Treasury will choose to go about this administratively meaning that KRA will have to dig in,” said Wanyoike “The Cabinet Secretary will want to avoid being to aggressive in increasing the tax rates because the headroom is not there and that is likely to impact the economy and investments,”

Audit firm PKF says that the government should look at other alternatives besides borrowing to fund his budget.

{See also: Government struggling to sustain salaries over ballooning debt}

“There is insufficient information to assess sovereign risk and risk of control of infrastructure as a result of the high debt ratio. We should first tighten the belts on borrowing until value for money is achieved ,” said David Kabeberi, a taxation expert and partner at PKF consulting Kenya on June 3 during a press conference.

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TSC urges locals to apply for teaching jobs in North Eastern

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The Teachers Service Commission says it has no issues whatsoever with sending teachers to any part of the country, as long as their security and well being is guaranteed.

TSC CEO Nancy Macharia they are engaging Leaders from North Eastern region to help the Commission in encouraging their locals who are trained teachers, to apply for teaching jobs in that region.

She has urged the leaders to encouragement more of their people to train as teachers so they don’t need to demand for non-local teachers.

Macharia said while the Commission has been portrayed as a heartless employer with no regard for the well being of teachers in North Eastern, in reality the Commission has done its best to ensure their safety.

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Macharia however says the continuous condemnation by local leaders on the transfer of teachers during attacks in the region have continued to cause panic among teachers left behind, who in turn, seek transfers too, in fear of their safety.

This even as Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said the Government will deploy more police officers in North Eastern in the next two months, despite the fact that they have also lost a large number of police officers in the area, during their intervention.

The two were speaking when they appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Education alongside Education CS Prof Magoha to discuss the Mass transfer of Teachers from the North Eastern region.

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Macharia said TSC has been under pressure from KNUT and KUPPET since the attacks on teachers started saying the unions had even sponsored the teachers to file court cases against the Employer.

“The Commission has taken various initiatives to help solve the stalemate, including engagement of Government Institutions, Political and Local leaders. Some of whom have dismissed the security concerns raised by the teachers.” Macharia said.

Mutyambai termed the situation as comprehensive and complex saying it needs a partnership between the local leaders and security personnel to handle.

“The local leaders must talk to their people.” Mutyambai said.

CS Magoha said while the matter of transfer is affecting locals, it’s a fact that innocent Kenyans have died in the North Eastern region and the targeting of non-locals can’t be downplayed.

“It is clear that this problem cannot be solved in a boardroom meeting. We all need to go to the ground and understand the issues there. We must all work together.” Magoha said.

Magoha said the leadership of the Northern region should identify students fit to be trained as teachers, so they can be trained as soon as possible.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion called for sobriety on the matter saying “it is not an easy thing to comprehend that every few days, we bury teachers. Let us not be emotional about this issue, but strive to find a lasting solution to the issues raised.”

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Finally! Maureen Waititu reunites with dad, years after his absence in her life

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Kenyan media sensation, Maureen Waititu has seemingly patched things up with her father, whom she revealed had been absent her entire childhood.

Sharing a short clip of them, the social media influencer was busy hosting her show at The Vineyard, Kiambu road, before her father walked in, to her surprise.

Maureen gasped at the sight of her father, thanking him for being there for her.

 

Maureen Waititu bonds with her absent father

Their reunion was at a club where she does her weekly gig during the Sunday brunch.

Absent father

Previously, the TV girl attested her broken marriage to the absence of a father-figure in her life. She partly blamed herself for the split and couldn´t seem to forgive herself.

This created a fear of keeping a man, in her.

Unfortunately, I have been raised alone. Just me and my mum. My father has never been in my life. It has affected me and my marriage and I realized this after the break down of my marriage. And I started blaming myself saying maybe it is because of how I have been raised without a father which makes me not know how to keep a man.

I was raised by a single mum and this affected my marriage – Maureen Waititu

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The beauty confessed she had tried all means possible, for a rebound with her absent father, with zero success.

No father, no siblings, it was a hard puzzle for her to crack because she lacked a support system for the sustenance of her marriage.

 

Being raised without a father made me not know how to keep a man – Maureen Waititu

However, looks like issues have been ironed out.

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