In Summary
  • The rise comes amid an austerity push by the Treasury to free up cash for development and essential services such as health and education.

The Interior ministry increased its entertainment budget 35 times in the year to June, defying an austerity drive to curb wastage.

Acting Controller of Budget (CoB) Stephen Masha says the ministry increased spending on parties and receptions in the period to Sh3.78 billion compared to only Sh106.4 million spent in a similar period a year earlier.

TOP SPENDERS

The rise comes amid an austerity push by the Treasury to free up cash for development and essential services such as health and education.

Expenditure on hospitality for the 73 ministries, State departments and agencies (MDAs) increased 52 percent to Sh9.8 billion compared to the Sh4.7 billion spent a year prior.

Interior ministry and the Presidency accounted for the largest share of the jump.

The data shows the Presidency, which comprises the offices of the President and the Deputy President, increased their entertainment budget to Sh2 billion from Sh1.4 billion a year earlier.

Other top spenders on parties during the period were the Treasury and the National Assembly, which increased their budgets 13 and 2.5 times respectively.

Treasury budget on entertainment in the period shot to Sh402 million compared to Sh30 million the previous year.

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