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EDITORIAL: Stop paying lip service to austerity measures - 3 Jan 2018 15:51

By: Editorial

Reports that the ICT ministry spent Sh104 million to buy fuel guzzlers against government policy and beyond their approved budget makes a mockery of the current austerity measures in State agencies. There is little doubt that the country is in dire fiscal shape and has generally been so for a few years now. The current situation ordinarily calls for austerity, which is what the government has been implementing, at least on paper. But it seems for most politicians and bureaucrats—starting from the top to bottom—austerity is a burden designed to be borne by the long-suffering taxpayers. There is no other way to explain reports of top offices and those further down habitually engaging in profligate expenditure even at times of severe drought and massive theft of public resources? According to the Auditor General, the ministry bought 23 luxury cars against the 12 it was cleared to buy. It irregularly overshot ...
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