Why Are We Supporting Thieves?
The ten highest spenders.
Ministry/Department Amount Spent (ksh/usd)
1. High Court of Kenya 82,572,720 / 1.15m
2. Roads & Public Works 65,646,080 / 910,000
3. Water Resources Managment & Development 47,664,164 / 661,800
4. State House 45,546,743 / 632,400
5. Regional Development 45,168,497 / 627,100
6. Cooperative Development 44,164,605 / 613,200
7. Foreign Affairs 42,960,240 / 596,500
8. Finance and Planning 40,948,240 / 568,500
9. Education Science & Technology 38,503,323 / 534,600
10. Office of the President 35,458,748 / 492,300
It is the personal nature of these expenditures and their extravagance that the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights draws attention to. We do not argue that all expenditure on vehicle purchases during the period was questionable. The Office of the President, for example, spent more than one billion shillings (US $14m) to purchase a fleet of 417 Toyota Land Cruiser pickups, 24 Corollas and 20 Condors for the Kenya Police. The Ministry of Health also purchased 54 Nissan double cabs at a cost of Ksh.120 million (US $1.67m). We believe that these were legitimate public outlays in the service of ensuring the right to health and security. We also received reports of permanent secretaries and assistant ministers driving modest cars, and we applaud them for it.
We hope the country can follow the example of neighbours such as Rwanda and Burundi, which have taken bold steps, including the confiscation and sale of fuel guzzlers. As of May 2005, the sale of such vehicles had raised US $3.5m in Rwanda and further savings in fuel and maintenance costs are projected.
We hope that this report drives home the simple message that there is an incredible degree of unnecessary extravagance on the part of the Government of Kenya. At a time when so many Kenyans are facing starvation, we hope this report will encourage reflection as the new cabinet settles into office
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