The government has refuted claims that it overspent on State funerals for the period 01 January to 31 December 2021. According government the funding for funerals expenditure was covered by funds allocated from the prior year in the account, which was approved by treasury. “None of these mechanisms render the amount of expenditure to constitute overspending as all amounts were sourced and approved in line with treasury provisions. We also need to understand that the upsurge in State funeral deaths were on account of COVID-19 and no one could anticipate cases,” said Executive Director in the Office of the Prime Minister I-Ben Nashandi.