The government has issued a directive freezing all new government projects until those that are ongoing are completed.
The directive was issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta who spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre where he addressed a meeting bringing together all government accounting officers including Principal Secretaries, Parastatal Heads, Vice Chancellors of Public Universities and Chairmen of State Corporations
In the directive, President Kenyatta warned that the officers would be held responsible if they sanction new projects without express authority from the National Treasury.
President Kenyatta said the directive is aimed at stopping wastage of resources and the habit of government agencies abandoning incomplete projects before jumping onto others.
“There will be no new projects that will be embarked on until you complete those that are ongoing,” said the President.
The President said projects that might be exempt from the freeze will be only those that are directly aligned to the Big Four Agenda but even then there must be a written authorisation from the National Treasury.
“Even if new projects are aligned to the Big Four they cannot be started without express authority from CS or PS of the National Treasury,” said President Kenyatta.
The president also said that tenders and contracts will be advertised on a new portal to create transparency in order to safeguard public resources from theft.
“All procurement officers have been taken through the operations of the portal and they have given their feedback. The portal will be launched soon,” the Head of State said.
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