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Key highlights of the 2021/22 budget allocations

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani at Parliament buildings ahead of the reading the 2021/2022 budget on June 10, 2021.
Government Expenditure and Net Lending – Sh3.03 trillion
Ministerial Recurrent Expenditure – Sh1.27 trillion
Ministerial Recurrent Expenditure include Judiciary –  Sh15.6 billion and Parliament Sh35.8 billion
Ministerial Development Expenditure – Sh669.6 billion
Interest Payments and Pensions – Sh697.5 billion
Contribution to civil servant pensions – Sh20.8 billion
Equitable share to Counties – Sh370 billion
Supporting Manufacturing for job creation  – Sh20.5 billion
Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security to all Kenyans  – Sh60 billion
Providing Universal Health coverage to guarantee quality and affordable healthcare to all Kenyans – Sh47.7 billion
Provision of Affordable and Decent Housing for all Kenyans – Sh13.9 billion
Economic Recovery Strategy – Sh23.1 billion
Enhanced security for stability, investment and growth – Sh302.1 billion
Investing in infrastructure to unlock growth potential – Sh310.7B billion
Enhancing access to quality education outcomes – Sh202.9 billion
Environment management and protection, flood control and water harvesting – Sh93.2 billion
Equity, poverty reduction & social protection for vulnerable groups – Sh103.4 billion
Leveraging on Information, Communication and Technology – Sh23 billion
Sh409.8 billion – Transfer to County Governments Including: Equitable Share Sh370billion and Conditional Allocation Sh39.8 billion


Customs Measures

  • Finished Iron and steel products to be imported at 25 per cent or corresponding specific rate;
  • Import duty on leather and footwear products at 25 per cent or corresponding specific rate;
  • Unassembled motorcycles at 10 per cent under Duty Remission Scheme.
  • Inputs used in textile and apparel sector at 0 per cent under the Duty Remission Scheme;
  • Import duty on furniture products at 35 per cent duty rate;
  • Inputs for manufacture of baby diapers at 0 per cent under Duty Remission Scheme;

Value Added Tax Measures

VAT exemption on Health Products and Technologies to boost health sector.
  • VAT exemption on goods used in geothermal, oil and mining projects.
  • VAT exemption on equipment for generation of solar and wind energy.
  • Transitional VAT exemption on goods used in power generation under power purchase agreements
  • VAT exemption for asset transferred to Real Estate Investment Trusts and Asset Backed Securities
  • Bread exempt from VAT instead of being both exempt and zero rated.

Excise Duty Measures

  • Rebate on excise duty paid on internet data services purchased in bulk for resale.
  • Excise duty on locally manufactured sugar confectionary and white chocolate.
  • Removed excise duty on imported glass bottles.
  • Changed excise duty rate on Motorcycles from Sh11,608.23 per unit to 15 per cent.
  • Excise duty on nicotine pouch at Sh5,000 per kg.
  • Excise duty on betting at 20 per cent of amount wagered.

Income Tax Measures

  • Removal of limitation for carrying forward of losses under Section 15(4) of income Tax Act
  • Thin capitalisation rule changed from debt-to-equity ratio to 30 per cent of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
  • National Health Insurance Fund to qualify for insurance relief.
  • Tax rebate extended to employers engaging TVET graduates as apprentice.
  • Management and professional fees under the extractive sector harmonized with service fees, in the same sector, at 10 per cent.

Fees and Levies

  • Import Declanration Fee (IDF) and Railway Development Levy (RDL) exemption on goods in imported public interest, or to promote investment above Sh5 billion. –