Cabinet Secretaries are rushing to complete development projects ahead of September when they are to appear before President Uhuru Kenyatta for appraisals.
The first quarter of this new financial year, 2020-21, ends in September when CSa will present their reports to the President on the status of projects being implemented by their respective ministries.
During a meeting held two weeks ago, the President assured the CSs, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries that he will not sack them but state officers will be rated based on performance and completion of the projects.
“As a measure of accountability, the President announced that the completion rate of projects and programmes will be adopted as a key performance indicator for all CSs, CASs and PSs,” State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said.
The President directed top government officials to get out of the comfort of their offices and tour development sites to interact with Kenyans.
The directive has seen CSs traversing the country rolling out development projects that aim consolidate Uhuru’s legacy as his term nears expiry in 2022.
Peter Munya (Agriculture), John Munyes (Mining), James Macharia (Roads and Transport), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health) have pitched camp in the Western region inspecting Uhuru’s legacy projects.
Water and Sanitation CS Sicily Kariuki was also expected to be part of the powerful delegation but had to cancel the trip due to the death of her daughter on Sunday. The CSs have toured Kakamega, Bungoma and Trans- Nzoia counties where Transport CS Macharia inspected ongoing road projects.
In Bungoma county, Macharia launched the Misikhu- Brigadier road and inspected the Kakamega-Navakholo-Musikoma road. Munya visited Nzoia Sugar Company where held talks with the county leadership on the sugar sector.
“I visited Nzoia Sugar Company and presided over a forum that formally engaged sugar cane farmers and stakeholders on the sugar sector reforms that the national government is rolling out in the Western region in partnership with county governments and other leaders,” Munya said.
The former Meru governor allso inspected the Mumias Sugar company as Macharia toured Chepsonoi Road and Kakamega Airstrip.
The visit by the CSs to the vote rich western region came just three weeks after leaders from the region held talks with Uhuru at Harambee House, Nairobi.
The launch and inspection of the projects is now turning to be a wider scheme by the President to earn points in the wake of succession politics that will be the core of anticipated BBI report, which is expected to shape political realignments ahead of 2022.
Environment and Forest CS Kariko Tobiko for the last two weeks has been very active and generating controversy after he said he will not negotiate repossession of illegally acquired land inside Ngong Forest. He also launched a 90-day crackdown on polluters of Michuki Memorial Park as he warned against discharging untreated and toxic waste into the river.