The national government plans to allocate Sh 360B to the Internal Security ministry headed by Interior CS Fred Matiangi in its 2021/2022 budget.
According to the estimates, Dr. Matiang’is docket is among the biggest spenders, allocated an additional 6 billion shillings on its previous budget. The national government is going to spend Sh 340B on internal security alone, up from last financial year’s Sh. 334B.
The country is facing two major political events- a possible plebiscite and next year’s August general elections and the huge allocation is informed by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s determination the country will be at peace before, during, and after August 2022.
A closer look at the estimates reveals the National Police Service, the Registration of Persons, and Kenya Prisons Service will receive the largest sums of money in the new financial year.
The National Police Service and the Registration of Persons are the main players in Kenya’s elections, with each directly handling critical areas of the process.
The August elections will necessitate the issuance of ID cards for millions of Kenyans who have attained the voting age. Both the National Police Service and the Department of Registration of Persons, responsible for the issuance of ID cards are controlled by Dr. Matiangi’s ministry.