Reprieve for Judiciary as MPs veto budgetary cut

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The Judiciary received a major reprieve yesterday after a parliamentary committee reversed a proposal by the National Treasury to slash its budget for the current financial year by Sh3 billion and instead reduced it by Sh220 million.

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This came after the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee tabled its report on its consideration of the supplementary budget yesterday afternoon. In the report, MPs also allocated the Judicial Service Commission an additional Sh136.5 million for its planned activities.

Parliament was also spared huge cuts as the MPs only recommended a reduction of Sh1.3 billion compared to the Sh4.892 billion that the Treasury had proposed to slash from its budget.

They also warned the Treasury against tampering with Judiciary and Parliament budgets in future.

“The National Treasury should not effect any reduction in the approved budgets of the Judiciary, Parliament and all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) through IFMIS and Treasury circulars before approval by this House as it is illegal to do so,” the committee’s report recommends.

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