The Kenyan government says it will cut spending in various agencies in order to raise money for the 17 October repeat presidential election.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Friday announced that independent commissions and the country’s 47 counties would also be affected by the cuts.
The repeat election is expected to cost more than US$150 million, and the government is hoping it will be able to raise this money rather that borrow it elsewhere.
“To finance those emerging priorities, we have to restructure some of the expenditures that we had. Basically, we are going to create savings to fund emerging expenditures,” CS Rotich said.
According to local media outlet Daily Nation, the government has already banned foreign trips for its officials unless they have exclusive permission from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The CS said all arms of the government will have to reorganize their budgets towards this cause.
“It is going to affect all arms of government: the Executive, the Judiciary, Parliament, constitutional offices,” he said.
“We are going to create space within the envelope. We don’t want to go and borrow new money, we want to undertake an austerity measure, a serious one, that will ensure we fund these priority areas.”
Kenya’s 8 August presidential election was nullified by the Supreme Court following a petition lodged by the opposition NASA coalition. In its ruling, the court said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not conduct the vote as required by the constitution.
The electoral body thereafter set the new 17 October date, saying that only the top two contenders – President Uhuru and Raila Odinga will be on the ballot.