Kenya’s Ruto aims to cut budget expenditure, eyes surplus

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Kenya’s new President William Ruto on Thursday instructed the finance ministry to cut 300 billion shillings ($2.5 billion) from the government’s annual expenditure this year.

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Ruto also says he aimed to bring it down further next year by an undisclosed amount, in a bid to achieve a recurrent budget surplus by the third year.

“I have instructed Treasury to work with ministries to find savings of 300 billion shillings in this year’s budget,” Ruto says in his first speech as president to parliament.

“Next year, we will bring it further down so that, by the third year, we have a recurrent budget surplus.”

The president said the government should never borrow to finance recurrent expenditure.

“This is not prudent or sustainable,” he says.

On Tuesday, Ruto appointed his cabinet, naming former central bank governor Njuguna Ndung’u as finance minister to navigate the economy through rising inflation, a heavy debt burden and drought.