(Ecofin Agency) - The Kenyan government announced September 19 it will reduce its 2019-20 budget spending by KSh46.2 billion, or about $445 million, due to revenue collection shortfalls.
This announcement comes a few days after Acting Finance Minister Ukur Yatani announced strict cuts in spending on foreign travel by public servants and advertising by ministries.
These new budget cuts represent 2.1% of previous expenditures. In total, government spending is estimated at $27.3 billion (26.3% of GDP) while revenues are projected at $19.9 billion (19.2% of GDP). Authorities estimate the value of currently suspended development projects such as roads and dams at nearly $3.6 billion, due to a lack of government funding.
Last July, the country’s legal court announced the arrest of Henry Rotich, the country's former Finance Minister which was heavily criticized for increasing public spending last June and for introducing additional taxes to fund spending.
Moutiou Adjibi Nourou