Today, the Governor of Machakos County appointed the County and Budget Forum. However, what was very revealing was what Dr. Alfred Mutua was implying within the documents, not who he appointed to the position. Usually that would be an important piece to look into.
However, today was the day where the Governor revealed directly that the World Bank Development secured 1bn Ksh per year for 6 years to the infrastructure building in the county. This being roads, electricity and other needed government services in the municipalities of Machakos.
Usually these sort of arrangements are done directly with the National Government or the Parliament, as to where the development is happening and where the grants are going. Which project that matter and what is sufficiently holding the standards of the stakeholders and the ones contributing the funding. Nevertheless, here the implication is that the World Bank is directly involved in all county functions from sewage to building roads. That their funding are going to do what the government is supposed to deliver. This being the natural delivery of the state and basic upkeep of the infrastructure. Instead of being tax-payers own money, they are using funds from abroad to do the needed development projects and to get the needed services in the municipalities of Machakos.
We can wonder what does the Jubilee government and Kenyatta think of this? When the Counties themselves are directly making arrangements and funding deals with the World Bank? In a republic filled to the brim of loans and lack of cash-flow, these sort of deals would be appropriate to go through the Central Government before the Local Government. However, that one has not captured the imagination. Because shouldn’t the Central Bank of Kenya or the Cabinet Secretary of Finance Henry Rotich signed it off before the County announced the loans?
That is what is bugging me, or is the counties so liberated from the Central Government now? But wouldn’t the rate of loans and grants be more uncontrolled and have less transparent system, if every Governor has the chance to grab these from Multi-National Financial Institutions and find ways to apply these locally? Even though they know directly what and where things need to be built and what is lacking. Still, they should have a rubberstamp from the CS and the National Treasury and CBK before thinking about it. Because in the mind of the Governor, he just announced it in passing together with the appointments to the different boards in his county. Peace.
CS Najib Balala, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism in the Kenyan Government. Have shown the world today what it means to be arrogant and entitled to his position. CS Balala has shown the world, that asking for good governance and accountability is important. Because his Ministry have lacked both and haven’t delivered. Since lately the proof of the death rhinos after moving them. Have shown what the state have forgotten, not only the lack of value of wildlife, but of the added-value the Tourism industry have with these animals. If the government cares about producing jobs and want a vibrant tourism industry. Noting is more valuable than wildlife and nature. You don’t travel to Mombasa to see Clean Coal Plant, you go there to see a beautiful coastline and you don’t cross the Masai Mara to see dead bird, but a green pasture of a beautiful scenery of Kenya. Which not only tourist deserves to see, but the Kenyans itself.
Balala should remember who he serves. The words he has said speaks power of who he are. Balala isn’t a man who steam confidence and control, but more of arrogance and bitter denial of the lack of work ethic. Look!
Balala at Press Conference Today:
“In my leadership I am going to be right and not nice. In the case of the rhinos, I am going to stand with what is right. Nobody has appointed me, its President Uhuru Kenyatta who appointed me, so they can go to hell,” said the CS” (…) “They are doing that because they want to take over the parks and start using emotions of international people to raise funds for their unaccountable lifestyle but I am going to stop them,” said the CS (Erick Kombo Ndubi – ‘You can go to hell, I am not resigning’ 30.07.2018, link https://www.tuko.co.ke/281215-you-i-resigning-cs-najib-balala.html#281215).
Balala, I don’t care who appointed you. You might have to work within the range of what the President gives you and his authority bounds you. However, the President is supposed to be the representative of the people. The same are the cabinet he appoints and works with him. The mandate of the government, is to work there on behalf of the people and their needs. Kenyatta have given him the job, but that doesn’t mean he can insult the public for wanting him to do his job and act accordingly.
Instead, he acted like a spoiled brat, who hasn’t understood his position and role in society. The CS is serving the public on their behest. That what an elected government are supposed to do. They are not there for own pocket, but as Representatives for them. Balala have forgotten this key aspect. Secondly, when he has failed his mandate as miserably as a CS, he has caused a lot of death of black rhinos on his watch. That will always stain his time in the office. If he cannot manage that, than he should leave it behind and go corporate. Where he can be the spoiled arrogant brat and no one will deny him that. However, he is in public office and that entails public perception and questioning of his behavior.
CS Balala catch some wisdom and knowledge, you need it and quickly, maybe even read up on what it means to be a representative of the people. Since, your thinking your are anointed by a King. Peace.
If you wonder why suddenly the prices are running high for the UNGA again in Kenya. That is because the state has added taxes, they are trying to collect more money again. This is happening because its months since the elections and the subsidized UNGA is history. Therefore, expect rising prices, the maize and milk cartels want their profits. If they happen to in the pocket of the government at the same time. Is just convenient, even some of the companies earning on the sky-rocketing prices is the President himself and his own companies. I am sure the DP also owns connected businesses that could eat of the this plate too. While the ordinary and poor population will struggle to have ends meet as the government are taxing them even more.
“Poor households would be more exposed in the amendments with sweeping implications on many sectors, as the State seeks to raise Sh1.75 trillion in the next financial year. Most basic commodities are not taxed to cushion the poor, but the changes that will be proposed in the national budget will end that. “We are looking at exemptions on several products that are widely consumed, but not on VAT such as milk, sugar, maize flour, wheat flour…,” said Benson Korongo, a commissioner of Kenya Revenue Authority” (Michira, 2018).
Prediction of the reaction to the taxes:
“Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter” (…) “Suppliers of the affected supplies will not be able to claim any input tax incurred in making of such supplies. This cost will be borne by the final consumers. Reverting to exemption of these basic commodities a year later after they had been zero-rated will lead to an increase in their prices rendering them less affordable to the ordinary Citizens” (…) “The supply of maize (corn) flour, ordinary bread and cassava flour, wheat or meslin flour and maize flour containing cassava flour by more than 10% in weight” (…) “Reverting to exemption of these basic commodities a year later after they had been zero-rated will lead to an increase in their prices rendering them less affordable to ordinary Citizens” (Ey Global Tax Alert Library, 2018)
It is special when Ernest & Young (EY) whose is known for their advice for potential investors and people who plans for invest in a republic. They have usual advice, which shows the potential and the grips of reality. Their analysis from April are now coming in effect in the end of May, as the local papers like Standard write about it now. But they say it might happen in July.
The state has favorably subsidized it and also imported on its own, that might happen again. But the added tax will hit the public. Make the staple food more expensive, because of added taxes. The shops, the importers, the distribution companies will not take the hit. The hit is always ending up at the consumer, the buyer and not the ones who produce, distribute and sells. That is known and the way we play. Seriously, when the state plans with these taxes to earn over a trillion shillings, nearly two, means they are anticipating selling enough of the needed goods and services connected with the new taxes to actually be sold.
So the prices on the staple is rising, because the Jubilee Government, the President and his party is doing it. This is their orders and their will, it is not the international market or a drought, it is initial planning and what the state does to get more revenue.
Jubilee whose are eating all of the state, needs more revenue to make another NYS Scandal, take more funds from the likes of NHIF and inappropriately use unaccounted funds in the various government bodies. Peace.
EY Global Tax Alert Library – ‘Kenya issues Tax Amendment Bill, 2018’ (April 2018)
Michira, Moses – ‘Red alert: Why the cost of food will go up in july’ (16.05.2018)