Kenyans irked by millions set aside for President Kenyatta's inauguration ceremony

Chairman of organizing committee Joseph Kinyua says budget is "modest"

Kenyans online are enraged by the amount of money allocated towards the inauguration ceremony of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Kenyan government has allocated at least Sh300 million ($300,000) towards the swearing in event that is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of Kenyans as well as international dignitaries.

On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, who also chairs the Committee on Assumption of the Office of President, stated that the team had managed to gather enough funds to fully finance what he termed as a "modest budget of slightly over Sh300 million”.

“We have managed to get funds for our budgets, it is slightly over Sh300 million because we don’t want to be seen as wasting public money," Kinyuaremarked while inspecting the Kasarani grounds.

Such remarks are contrary to what Kenyans thought of the budget which they termed as a waste of taxpayers money.

They accused the PS of making a 'mockery' of the budget while noting that the government hesitates in availing similar cash to striking public workers.

The amount is similar to that used during President Kenyatta's 2013 inauguration ceremony where about Sh374 million was used for the event.


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