Implementation and completion of ongoing priority projects and programmes, my focus: Pres.Kenyatta

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President Uhuru Kenyatta during a State House function.Courtesy State House.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said government’s focus this financial year will be the implementation and completion of ongoing priority projects and programmes as set out in his administration’s transformative agenda for the nation.

The Head of State said these programmes must be strictly implemented within set timelines and budgets, further reiterating his earlier directive that no new projects will be initiated except with his express authority.

President Kenyatta announced that completion rate of projects and programmes will be adopted as a key performance indicator for all Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries.

The Head of State rallied for collective responsibility in the implementation of government projects and programmes through the involvement of the entire Ministerial Establishments so as to ensure timely delivery of quality outcomes.This he said should be demonstrated by enhanced presence and visibility of government on the ground through inspection of projects and robust public engagements.

He acknowledged the current difficult economic environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and reminded government departments to settle pending bills as a key priority and to ensure that pending bills is the first charge on each ministry’s budget.

In his clarion call of ‘Buy Kenya Build Kenya’ agenda he once again directed all Ministries, State Departments and State Agencies to give preferential procurement to Kenyan made goods and services.

The President echoed the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC) and the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC) for the progress made in the attainment of the National Development Goals saying the two entities had proved their effectiveness in overseeing the implementation of the Government’s development programmes.

In closing, senior ranks of the Executive were warned against corruption and malfeasance saying there’s no room for the vices in his administration.