Cabinet approves sh. 10B for repeat presidential polls

Cabinet approves sh. 10B for repeat presidential polls

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A ballot box in the past elections. HOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: The cabinet on Thursday approved sh. 10 billion to be used during the repeat presidential polls scheduled for  26th October 2017.

In a statement ,such resolution was reached in a Cabinet meeting chaired by president Uhuru Kenyatta with his deputy William Ruto at statehouse Nairobi, whereby the allocation was based on a proposed budget submitted by IEBC.

The Cabinet also approved an allocation of sh. 25 billion to cover the Free Secondary Education effective January 1, 2018.

Requisite infrastructure will be provided through government initiative that leads to 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school.

In 2018, the Form One intake will cater for 1,003,552 learners sitting their KCPE this year. Of this 903,200 will join public schools, while 100,322 will join private ones.

On Inua Jamii, the Cabinet approved an allocation of sh. 6.5 billion to cover the enhanced Inua Jamii programme, under which all Kenyans aged 70 and above are entitled to a stipend in their retirement.

Also, on African Nations Championships (CHAN), Cabinet approved an allocation of sh. 4.2 billion to cover the hosting of the African Nations Championships (CHAN), which is part of enhancing talent and promoting tourism.

On the issue of internally displaced persons, the cabinet also approved a tranche of sh. 1.9 billion to settle the last of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), affected by the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Cabinet agreed to rationalize Government allocations to development projects funded fully using locally raised revenues, as well as curtail aspects of expenditure not seen as priorities in order to meet its new obligations.

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