The National Treasury seems to have taken President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda to the next level after it allocated a total of 450.9 billion shillings.
Universal Healthcare has been allocated 48.8 billion shillings with the social welfare initiative receiving 9.9 billion shillings and the Kenyatta National Hospital being the biggest beneficiary with 14.4 billion shillings. The health workers internship program received 1.2 billion shillings.
The affordable housing project received 15.5 billion shillings. 10.5 billion shillings will go to affordable housing including police while 5 billion shillings will go for the housing development fund.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government hopes to construct at least 500,000 affordable housing units by the end of his term in office in 2022.
The manufacturing sector also received a boost from the National Treasury. The textile firm Rivertex will be revived. The Treasury has allocated 1.1 billion shillings that will be used to employ 3,000 Kenyans.
The agricultural sector has also been catered for. 2 billion shillings have been allocated for value addition chain, 3 billion shillings for the coffee sector, 1 billion shillings for crop diversification, 700 million shillings for smallholder dairy farming.
7.9 billion shillings have been set aside for irrigation projects and the improvement of fish landing sites.
The energy sector, also part of the Big 4 Agenda will get 8.6 billion shillings for power transmission and 5.5 billion shillings for the last mile project.
The security sector received 326 billion shillings and the Education 11.6 billion shillings for the Higher Education Loans Board. The fight against corruption received a boost with the CACC getting 2.9 billion shillings, DCI 3 billion shillings and the Auditor General 5.7 billion shillings.