President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a directive prohibiting all government accounting officers from approving funds to fund new projects until all the existing ones are fully completed.
According to Uhuru, the directive is aimed at putting an end to the culture of abandoning development projects halfway, consequently wasting tax payers money.
“I have directed all govt accounting officers including Principal Secretaries, Parastatal Heads, Vice Chancellors of Public Universities &Chairmen of State Corporations that there will be no new government projects that will be embarked on until those that are ongoing are complete,” He said.
The president, who was speaking at at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in a meeting attended by the above listed Public Officers, further warned that the government officials would be held responsible if they sanction new projects without express authority from the National Treasury.
THE BIG FOUR
Uhuru 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 aligned to the Big Four they cannot be started without express authority from CS or PS of the National Treasury,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta also announced plans to launch a new internet portal where all public procurements will be publicised.
” All procurements, tenders and contracts will be advertised on the portal to create transparency in order to safeguard public resources from theft,” Uhuru said, adding that all procurement officers have already been taken through the operations of the portal.