Economist David Ndii and other members of President William Ruto’s economic advisory have reportedly been allocated Sh204 million to buy cars, and furniture and pay rent.
Dr Ndii is the Chairperson of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) which also includes former Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge, Dr Augustine Cheruiyot who is the Senior Advisor and Head of the Economic Transformation Secretariat, Mohammed Hassan and Dr Nancy Laibuni.
A report by the Business Daily indicates that Sh92 million of the Sh204 million will be used to buy new cars for the officials.
Another Sh20 million has been set aside for the purchase of new furniture, while the hospitality budget stands at Sh18 million.
The economic advisors, under the office of the President, have been allocated Sh18.6 million for the purchase of specialised plant, equipment and machinery.
There is also Sh9 million for rentals, with the advisors said to be setting up new offices.
David and Co. are also entitled to Sh15 million for domestic travel
The new economic advisors’ budget compares to the Sh7.9 million that had initially been allocated by the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta before he left office.