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Sh100 bn invested to Kenya military budget

Last week Parliament approbated an additional Sh4 billion in budgetary allotments, flicking the total defence cake for the next financial year to Sh 111 billion.


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 13 Jun 2018, 10:06 IST Kenya
Sh100 bn invested to Kenya military budget
  • The Kenya Defence Forces promoted regional and international peace through participation in peace missions in Amisom and South Sudan (Image Credit: Flickr)

The defence budget of Kenya has reached the USD 1 billion (Sh100 billion) mark as the country ramps up investing in military and intelligence resources. National budget data shows expenditure has gone up by 10 percent from Sh 97 billion in 2016 to Sh107 billion this financial year.

Last week Parliament approbated an additional Sh 4 billion in budgetary allotments, flicking the total defence cake for the next financial year to Sh 111 billion.

The allocations place Kenya fifth in Sub-Saharan Africa behind Sudan on USD 4.3 billion (Sh 430 billion), South Africa USD 3.6 billion (Sh 360 billion), Angola USD 3 billion (Sh 300 billion) and Nigeria at USD 1.6 billion (Sh 160 billion).

According to military policy Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Kenya's defence budget is equal to expenditure by neighbours Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda combined.

Treasury has appropriate the increased spending, stressing that the Government needs to facilitate modernisation of the country's military as well as account for active deployments of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in regional conflicts and domestic disaster relief efforts.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich stated: "The Kenya Defence Forces promoted regional and international peace through participation in peace missions in Amisom and South Sudan".


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