By Business Daily
Deputy President William Ruto will now get his own budget vote separate from State Houseâ€™s allocation, which will give his office financial independence.
The Budget estimates for the year starting July, which were made public last Friday, show an allocation of Sh1.92 billion under the Deputy President Services that included Sh.172 million as development funds and the remaining share for recurrent expenses.
The estimates show that this is the first time Mr Rutoâ€™s office is getting a distinct budget separate from the two wings of the presidency.
â€œIt is just re-organising the numbers but with the accounting officer still being one, the State House Comptroller,â€ said Treasury secretary Henry Rotich in an interview Tuesday.
â€œIt is not a separate vote as such. They are all there (under the presidency) but each has its own expenditure line.â€
This means that Mr Rutoâ€™s office will still fall under watch of the comptroller, Mr Lawrence Lenayapa.
The DPâ€™s United Republican Party (URP) entered into a 50-50 pre-election power pact with President Uhuru Kenyattaâ€™s TNA in the last General Election under the Jubilee alliance.
But last year, politicians from the URP wing complained that Mr Rutoâ€™s office lacked a distinct budget similar to one offered to State House.
The estimates indicate that the coordination and supervision function that will get a budget of Sh1.3 billion is now under Mr Rutoâ€™s expenditure line as well as the Efficiency Monitoring and Inspectorate Unit that has been allocated Sh189.5 million.
The DPâ€™s office has Sh424.2 million set aside for administrative and support services.
Services that lie directly under President Kenyattaâ€™s office have been allocated Sh5.9 billion, which will be shared out among State House, Cabinet Affairs and government advisory and support services.
The Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru State Houses as well as the Sagana, Eldoret, Kakamega and Kisumu State Lodges will take the bulk of the Presidencyâ€™s money at Sh2.94 billion, followed by the Cabinet Office at Sh2.66 billion.
The government advisory support services, whose functions include offering counsel on State corporations, will take Sh358 million.
Rutoâ€™s development budget is Sh172.5 million, but the estimates do not give a clear breakdown of how this money is expected to be spent and instead reckons that will be used for acquisition of non-financial assets.
Earlier, Mr Rutoâ€™s official residence in Karen, Nairobi, had been slated for major renovations to replace fittings that have peeled off, install CCTV equipment, erect an electric fence and remodel some of the facilities and units.
The deputy president also has a town office, the former Shell House that also hosted former premier Raila Odinga.