Government is broke – CS Rotich

Government is broke – CS Rotich

- in Development, News
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has said the government is facing difficulties financing some of its development projects.

Mr Rotich also revealed a proposal to slash the billions allocated to counties by between Sh15 billion and Sh17 billion.

While appearing before the Senate committee on Finance and Budget Wednesday, Mr Rotich blamed the country’s financial situation to a failure by the Kenya Revenue Authority to hit the right targets in the projected revenue collection.

“We have discussed with the KRA on how to catch up by tightening the tax net on the domestic and customs revenue,” Mr Rotich told the committee chaired by Mandera Senator Mohamed Maalim Mahamud.

He continued; “we need to discuss with you (senators) and governors that the figure we put on the table is not feasible based on the challenges that I have explained.”

In the current financial year, Sh302 billion was allocated to the 47 county governments in equitable share of revenue collected, meaning that at the worst case scenario, the allocation could reduce to Sh285 billion.

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