Deputy President Wiiam Ruto has said projects that will help deliver the ‘Big Four’, which are at the heart of the Government’s plans for the next five years will be prioritised.
He said the Government will significantly increase the level of investments in food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare for all.
“We will focus on addressing the challenges Kenyans are facing through investments that enhance the attainment of desired development objectives,” said Mr Ruto. He was speaking during the opening of the public hearings for the 2018/2019 Medium – Term Budget at the KICC, Nairobi.
“Public engagement in budgeting as contained in the Constitution benefits the Government and the public. Participation improves the overall knowledge about the budget and fiscal situation thus creating both a more informed public and a more responsive budget,” said Mr Ruto.
He said the public will also have the opportunity to assess the most critical needs and discuss the type of budget and development projects they want implemented.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Appropriation Kimani Ichungwa called for prudent management of public resources.
“Parliament will work closely with the Executive in ensuring that only projects that can impact the lives of Kenyans are prioritised as far as funding in the next financial year is concerned,” said Mr Ichungwa.
Mr Ruto said measures have been put in place to ensure proper implementation of development projects both in national and county governments.