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Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 13:26 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Members of Parliament are expected to break today to be back after the planned October 26, presidential rerun. NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga withdrew from the race on Tuesday, but IEBC says he has not officially pulled out and therefore the exercise will proceed as planned.
The National Assembly members will go on recess after passing the Supplementary Appropriation bill. The bill is a special one and gives government the go ahead to spend the Sh46.7 billion passed yesterday in supplementary budget to fund key government projects among them the repeat poll and the free secondary education from January next year.
Parliament will resume its sitting one week after the October 26 poll. Accordingly, majority leader Aden Dualle is expected to table the bill in the afternoon when the House resumes its sittings.
Unlike the other bills, which are required to go through the required processes like public hearings, the Supplementary Appropriation bill will be tabled and passed in one sitting.
This means that it will have to go through the three stages at ago- the first reading, which is the introduction, second reading, the debate stage and the third reading, the stage where MPs introduce changes to bills.
Sh12 billion, according to the Supplementary budget is to finance the fresh presidential election with Sh2 billion for the upgrade of Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits, buying of election materials, general operations, wages and allowances for election officials and the police among others. Network providers; Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom- Kenya will consume Sh1 billion.
The National Government-Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) will receive an extra Sh1.5 billlion after MPs approved the addition to the Sh30.9 billion allocated in the current financial year.
Sh25 billion will got to the Ministry of Education to finance free secondary education from January next year including expanding the existing infrastructure to cater for the expected increase in the enrolment of students.
The government is also expected to hire extra 10,000 teachers. However the money to fund the exercise will be factored in the next supplementary budget, early next year.
The social action plan commonly known as Inua Jamii has been given Sh6.5 billion to cater for those over 70 years and above so that they can lead descent lives in their old age.
The government will also spend Sh2 billion for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons arising from the 2008 post-election violence.