Treasury allocates Rachel Ruto’s office Sh103m for hiring more staff

Deputy President William Ruto's wife Rachel Ruto. [Business Daily]

An extra Sh103.7 million has been allocated for the office of the wife of the Deputy President William Ruto to hire staff.

Going by budget estimates for the year starting July according to Business Daily, Rachel Ruto’s office allocation for salaries and allowances rose to Sh118.5 million up from Sh13.8 million in the current year ending June.

In the financial years starting July, Rachel’s office will gobble up Sh305.6 million compared to Sh187.2 million to be used in the financial year ending June.

The increase by Sh14.7 million could, however, not be explained by the Treasury. Her office’s allocation has been in the increase since 2014 from Sh102.9 million.

By virtue of being the DP’s wife, Rachel is paid by the government. She has been empowering women groups through her poultry business and also extending credit facilities through women empowerment groups.

Part of the money allocated to her office goes towards funding her empowerment drives in various parts of the country.

Treasury has in the last two weeks made radical changes in payment of state officers where former Presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi have their pensions cut.