The 12th Parliament may have failed in its role of keeping the Executive arm of government in check with regards to budget proposals, this is according to Nambale MP Sakwa Bunyasi..
Speaking on TV47’s MorningCafe show, MP Bunyasi acknowledged that the legislative arm of government [Parliament] has been “leaning a little bit more towards the State.”
“As our obligation, we were looking to ensure that as quickly as possible and by whatever means, we have closed the financing gap of that budget,” Bunyasi, who is a member of the budget committee said.
The panelists who included Bunyasi, Raphael Matu, Economist and Financial Analyst, and Daniel Orogo, were discussing the rising cost of living in Kenya.
Parliament’s quality of debate
Daniel Orogo opined that legislators’ education levels and failure to demand accountability from various budget stakeholders could be behind the country’s current uncertain financial situation.
“While you realize that some of the budget policies are not favourable, then why won’t you hold the stakeholders accountable?” Orogo posed.
According to Orogo, legislators with a good education have a better grasp of some of the issues in hand, notably crucial Bills.
Weighing in on the matter, economic analyst Raphael Matu reminded Kenyans that the government’s operations relied heavily on taxes. “Its [government’s] primary role is not to protect ‘Wanjiku’ from paying taxes, but to enable ‘Wanjiku’ to pay taxes,” Matu said.
The administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to be on a marathon for projects completion. This, analysts say, is one of the reasons for enhanced borrowing from external lenders, and collection of taxes by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
MP Bunyasi said the debt level should be managed collaboratively with the people.
Here is the full interview: