State House has reportedly cut Deputy President William Ruto's office budget in what is seen as a move to curtail his now famous 'Tanga Tanga' movements across the county, reports Sunday Nation.
The DP's office budget is controlled by State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua and the recent move could further irk tension in presidency.
An official who is part of the affected team said several workers have not been paid their allowances since August last year, with some having their debts accruing to at most Sh2 million.
But Ruto's spokesman David Mugonyi has denied the claims, insisting that none of the workers has gone without their allowances in as many months.
“Those are lies, total lies. It is not true at all,” Mr Mugonyi said when asked about the unpaid dues.
But a close ally of the Deputy President, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed “there was a problem with some payments” but said Dr Ruto had already taken up the matter with Mr Mbugua and Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich since the office has no separate budget.
Soy MP Caleb Kositany also denied the claims, adding that should their be a budget cut, then it could be something systematic from the Treasury department.
“I don’t think there is a calculated move to cut the money flow to DP’s office. Even MPs are yet to receive CDF (National Government Constituency Development Fund) money seven months into the government financial year. They have only managed to send Sh10 million per constituency (as opposed to about Sh100 million). It can be a bigger problem in government on money flows and it is not necessarily in the presidency,” he said.
Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to a powerful Cabinet Committee which oversees development, something that has been seen by analysts as a move to curtail Ruto's 2022 presidential bid.