Matiang’i’s Stern Warning to Cabinet Secretaries During Maiden Meeting Revealed

Contractors behind stalled projects have ONLY 90 days to complete them or name the Government officials they bribed to warrant their lackluster.

That is according to Super Minister Fred Okengo Matiang’i who is also in charge of the Interior docket.

This was the first order of business for the meeting of all Cabinet secretaries he chaired yesterday at Harambee House in Nairobi. It was the first full meeting of the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee since President Uhuru issued the executive order.

“The meeting focused on two key issues. Massive sweep on contractors who have stalled projects and projects where applications for contracts variations are the reason for stalling. Dr Matiang’i was categorical that either the contractors exposed the people they paid bribes or they go in,” a source told the Standard. 

The meeting began at 7.30am and lasted five hours.The inaugural Cabinet committee sought to streamline multi-billion shilling projects in various ministries in line with President Uhuru’s Big Four agenda.

“Everybody was given an opportunity to outline all projects and programmes, their present status, time lines for completion and those stalled,” another source explained.The meeting emphasized priority and value for money, which saw some projected suspended.The ministries of Water and Irrigation, Agriculture and Infrastructure were on the spot for stalled projects. They are headed by Simon Chelugui, Mwangi Kiunjuri and James Macharia respectively.

Matiang’i said the stalled projects were giving the Government a bad image. The resolutions of the meeting will be communicated to the counties, where officials will be asked to explain the status of the projects.

In his new powerful role, Matiang’i will prepare accurate and timely progress reports for presentation to the President; provide supervisory leadership throughout the delivery circle of all national government programmes and projects.

He will also receive and deliberate on reports from the National Development Implementation Technical Committee and provide timely guidance on appropriate measures to address challenges constraining effective implementation and delivery of the projects.

The no- nonsense bureaucrat will also monitor and evaluate follow-up mechanisms for resources allocated for the projects to ensure proper utilization and realization of the targeted outcome.He will also provide coordinated strategic communication to the public and other stakeholders on the progress of the projects.

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