Uhuru Details Development Priorities After High Profile Meeting

  • Presidnet Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaking at State House, Nairobi during a webinar hosted by the Atlantic Council on June 18, 2020.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, July 7 outlined the government's development priorities for the 2020/21 Financial Year.

    The President chaired a virtual meeting with Senior Ranks of the Executive that included Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries, according to a statement from State House.

    Uhuru revealed that the precedence this financial year will be implementation and completion of ongoing Priority Projects and Programmes.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a board meeting of Nairobi Metropolitan Services members led by Director-General Mohamed Abdi. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was in attendance on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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    President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a board meeting of Nairobi Metropolitan Services members led by Director-General Mohamed Abdi. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was in attendance on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    The programs were outlined in his Administration's Transformative Agenda for the country which includes enhancing manufacturing, food security and nutrition, universal health coverage and affordable housing.

    The President emphasised the importance of strictly implementing the programs within set timelines and budgets.

    The Head of State also reiterated his earlier directive that no new Projects will be initiated except with his express authority.

    The completion rate of Projects and Programmes will be adopted as a key performance indicator for all Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries as a measure of accountability.

    Uhuru noted that Collective Responsibility should be demonstrated by enhanced presence and visibility of Government on the ground through inspection of projects and robust public engagements.

    Despite Covid-19 having a severe effect on the economy, Uhuru reminded Government Departments to settle pending bills as a key priority and to ensure that pending bills are the first charge on each Ministry’s Budget.

    He called upon state departments and state agencies to give preferential procurement to Kenyan made goods and services in the spirit of the Buy Kenya Build Kenya agenda.

    Senior Ranks of the Executive received a stern warning from Uhuru against corruption and malfeasance by noting that there's no room for the vices in his Administration.

    On Monday July 6, National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani noted that Kenya's economic growth will not go below 2.5 per cent even as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage various sectors.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta delivering his speech on July 6, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta delivering his speech on July 6, 2020.
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