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Uhuru’s ally elected to the powerful parliamentary committee

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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ally in the National Assembly, Kieni MP Kanini Kega has been elected to chair the powerful Budget and Appropriations Committee for a term of three years.

Kega was on Monday elected unopposed as he was the only one who had submitted an application by close of business last Friday.

Outgoing vice chairman Moses Lessonet (Eldama Ravine MP) did not defend his seat.

MPs Bernard Shinali and Kitui Central’s Makali Mulu applied for the vice chairperson post but the vote did not proceed for lack of quorum for voting.

Director of committee Florence Atenyo said a quorum of 14 is required for the vote by secret ballot.

“The election of vice chairperson is postponed. The majority should be 50 per cent plus one which is14 members. The vote is by secret ballot hence all have to be here,” Atenyo said.

The election comes as Kenya plans to spend at least Sh2.968 trillion in the next financial year starting July 1, as the government works out its post-Covid-19 recovery.

This is about Sh90 billion more than the current financial year’s Sh2.8 trillion even as the economy continues to suffer from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the proposed budget, Treasury has adjusted upwards spending in key areas seen to be drivers and enablers of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “Big Four Agenda”.

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