Budget Sector Working groups urged to uphold hard budget constraint in view of scarce resources for allocation
Budget Sector Working groups (SWGs) preparing 2016/18 financial years Medium-term expenditure framework have been urged to uphold hard budget constraint in view of the limited available resources for allocation.
Director of Budget in the National Treasury Mr. Francis Anyona said expenditure requests outside the Sector Working groups will not be considered anymore by the Ministry in view of the scarce resources.

Mr. Anyona asked Sector Working groups to complete their activities timely, including the drafting of Budget proposals to avoid unnecessary delays in submission of budget proposals to Parliament.
The Director of Budget was speaking at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) while making a presentation on Budget Process during the launch of medium-term framework for the financial years 2016/17 and 2017/18.
He noted that early submission of budget estimates will give Parliament ample time to interrogate the budget and approve submissions by end of June, adding that it will also allow immediate implementation of spending at the beginning of a new financial year.
He urged Accounting Officers to observe strictly the guidelines provided by the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 in the budget making process in order to ensure timely preparation and approval of the budget.
Saying that SWGs are responsible for formulating sector budget proposals, policies and programmes, Mr. Anyona urged them to submit budget estimates to the National Assembly at two months before the end of each financial year.
He said SWGs are mandated to review all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) programmes performance, adding that their findings will be used during resource allocation.
“SWGs will identify the sector policy, legal and institutional reforms requirement; and review sector programme objectives and strategies in line with the overall goals outlined in the Vision 2030”, Mr. Anyona said.
He said the SWGs will also review projects to be considered for funding and analyze cost implications of the proposed programmes, projects and policies for the medium term-budget.
While coordinating activities leading to the development of sector reports and sector budget proposals, Mr. Anyona said SWGs will also prioritize sector programmes and allocate resources appropriately in accordance with an agreed criteria while identifying programmes and projects to be funded under Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Saying that the structure of SWGs is diverse and professional, the Director of Budget disclosed that the chairperson of the SWGs is an Accounting Officer chosen by other Accounting Officers during the launch of SWGs while the Sector Convenor is appointed by the National Treasury, adding that the Sector Co-Convenor is appointed by the State Department of Planning in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
He also said a SWG Secretariat is appointed by the individual Accounting Officers to assist the chairperson in coordinating the activities of the SWGs while representatives from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance are coopted like those from development partners.
He added that credible Civil Society and community-based organizations have been coopted to represent the public in the budget making process in line with Article 201 of the constitution.
According to Mr. Anyona, the sector composition and sector working groups for medium-term budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 have been classified according to their government functions for the sake of efficiency and effectiveness.
In the Economic Affairs category, the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) sector of Agriculture, Rural and Urban Development comprise the State Department of Agriculture, State Department for Livestock, State Department for Fisheries, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development as the sector working groups.
In the Education category, he said, the MTEF sector of Education comprise state Department of Education, State Department for Science and Technology and Teachers Service Commission as the sector working groups.
The Public Sector and Safety category, the Director of Budget pointed out, the MTEF sector of Governance, Justice, Law and Order comprise State Department for Interior, State Department for Coordination of National Government, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, the Judiciary, Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution, Registrar of Political Parties, Witness Protection Agency, Kenya National Commission for Human Rights, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Judicial Service Commission, National Police Service Commission, National Gender and Equality Commission and Independent Police Oversight Authority as the Sector working groups.
In the General Public Services category, Mr. Anyona said, the MTEF sector of Public Administration and International Relations comprise the Presidency, State Department for Planning, State Department for Devolution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Treasury, Parliamentary Service Commission, National Assembly Commission on Revenue Allocation, Public Service Commission, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Auditor General, Controller of Budget and Commission on Administrative Justice.
The Defence category according to Mr. Anyona, the MTEF Sector of National Security comprise Ministry of Defence and National Intelligence Service as the sector working groups.
In the Recreation, Culture and Social Protection category, the Director of Budget further said, the MTEF Sector of Social Protection, Culture and Recreation comprise of Ministries of Sports, Culture and the Arts and Labour, Social Security and Services as the sector working groups.
The Community Amenities Category, he said, the MTEF sector of Environment Protection, Water and Natural Resources comprise of State Department for Environment and Natural Resources, State Department for Water and Regional Authorities, and Ministry of Mining.
In the Macro Working Group category, he added, the macro working group MTEF sector comprise of the National Treasury, Central Bank of Kenya, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Macro-Economic Department of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya Revenue Authority and Commission on Revenue Allocation.