In Summary
  • Kenya’s military spending, which crossed the Sh100 billion mark in 2017, has been ranked the sixth largest in Africa.
  • Part of the billions will go towards the installation of 3,200 CCTV cameras in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret.

It will cost taxpayers Sh325 billion to keep the country safe in the new financial year as the Jubilee administration continues massive expenditure across various security agencies.

The spending will jump 11 per cent in the new fiscal year, up from the Sh293 billion spent in the current year that ends on June 30.

The Interior Ministry, which also coordinates government functions, will receive the lion’s share, getting Sh140 billion, up from Sh125 billion.

Part of the billions will go towards the installation of 3,200 CCTV cameras in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret.

The government also intends to start equipping the national police forensic laboratory, enhancing the scope of Government Chemist laboratories, putting to effect the newly gazetted administrative units, rolling out the 3D identity cards and automation of 31 million archival fingerprints registration records.

POLICE WELFARE

The rest of the money will be shared out between the National Police Service, Administration Police (AP), GSU and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The three will cumulatively share Sh100 billion.

But the biggest winner is the DCI, which has been leading in the fight against corruption. It is set to get Sh7.1 billion, up from Sh6.4 billion.

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