President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an Executive Order during the week detailing the functions of the Cabinet Secretaries to align with his Big Four agenda.
Going by the functions and the resources controlled by the CSs, one can clearly tell who has more power in the current government set up.
CS James Macharia, who heads the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, yields the most power judging by his docket’s budgetary allocation.
When reading the budget on Thursday, Treasury CS Henry Rotich allocated Ksh274 Billion to CS Macharia’s Ministry making it the recipient of most government resources during the financial year.
Additionally, four State departments will be under the Ministry including the State Department for Shipping and Maritime headed by Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu.
On her part, Education CS Amina Mohamed will be in charge of Ksh200 Billion while Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will control Ksh142 Billion.
Estimates released earlier in the year showed that the Ministry of Transport and that of Interior’s budgetary allocation would account for 30 percent of the total budget.
In CS Macharia’s docket, the bulk of the money is expected to go towards the completion of capital projects such as the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), as well as construction and upgrading of seaports and airports.
Improved infrastructure and affordable housing are among the priorities of President Kenyatta’s final term in office hence making CS Macharia’s docket a critical pillar.
The infrastructure projects are expected to impact highly on poverty reduction, equity and employment creation and include the works under the maritime and shipping affairs and public works departments.
Other Ministries involved in the legacy projects are the Ministry of Agriculture which received Ksh46.9 Billion and the Ministry of Health with an allocation of Ksh69.9 Billion.
In addition, the Ministry of Energy received Ksh74.8 Billion, ICT Ksh31.2 Billion and Investment and Industry Ksh10.2 Billion all expected to spur the manufacturing activity.