Sh2.8trn budget faces delays as ruling complicates cycle

Tuesday April 23 2019

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi during the Kenya Disabilities Parliamentary Association retreat at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa on March 15, 2019. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

DAVID MWERE
By DAVID MWERE
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The Sh2.81 trillion budget for the next financial year faces serious delays following the High Court ruling in September 2018, that significantly altered the traditional budget making process by the National Assembly.

As such, the leadership of the House has planned a retreat in Mombasa this Friday to discuss the way forward on the ruling that complicates the budget cycle, which has been in place for the last six years.

While confirming the retreat, Mr Muturi said on Tuesday, “Yes, we are meeting this weekend as the House leadership to discuss issues of national importance."

THE RULING

In September 2018, High Court Judge Winfrida Okwany ruled that the government cannot budget for what it has not financed, hence the need to explore possible realignment of the budget process.

This means that the Finance bill, which details revenue collection measures by the government, must be passed first before the Appropriations bill is enacted before end of June.