Ruto’s office budget allocation has been slashed again amid fallout with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex has had budgetary cuts for the last 4 years.
This has been the case after Ruto’s fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta in their second term.
Ruto’s office budget allocation for hospitality was cut by KSh 174 million while his foreign travel budget was cut by KSh 50 million in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
In addition, the budget for international travel was reduced from KSh 83 million to KSh 33 million.
The development comes just three months after Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani presented a supplementary budget to Parliament for the President and his deputy’s basic salaries and benefits.
William Ruto’s base salary was reduced from KSh 41.2 million to KSh 36.4 million in the supplementary budget.
The budgetary cuts have forced William Ruto to personally cover operational costs for his office and presidential campaign.
William Ruto’s spokesperson Emmanuel Tallam on Wednesday, June 15 confirmed that the budget for Ruto’s office has been slashed again.
“They stopped giving us money one and a half years ago. We do not understand why someone is denying the office of the DP money, yet the National Assembly has been approving the budget, and Treasury making the allocations. The DP has been using his private means to run his political activities,” he told the People Daily newspaper.
Tallam claims that due to budget cuts, the DP is no longer able to fly in State-owned helicopters or use official cars assigned to him.
And to fund his presidential campaigns in 2022, Ruto has resorted to using his personal cars and leased aircraft.