BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD JUNE,2022-Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move to reorganize different State functions during his second term in office saying it has improved service delivery to Kenyans as well as significantly reduced corruption.
Addressing members of the Rotary Club, Lang’ata branch, Matiang’i said the establishment of different state committees in 2019 had helped speed up many projects and root out corrupt elements and officials in the administration chain.
CS Matiang’i was referring to the formation of the technical implementation committee comprising of Principal Secretaries, regional and county committees chaired by Regional and County Commissioners respectively.
“Executive Order No 1 of 2019 issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta that created the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC) and other decentralised committees, cut out the bureaucracy that hampered projects progress,” the CS said.
He explained: “When the President created the NDICCC, he said the greatest challenge to development is bureaucracy. As a result of sitting together as Cabinet Secretaries and working in an interagency manner, we cut the bureaucratic bottlenecks down to zero.”
The CS similarly pointed out that the move eradicated corruption in public offices adding that the stalled projects were a result of theft of public funds orchestrated through collusion and unjustified variance of project budgets.
“Several projects that had stalled for years have been unlocked and completed while others have been fast-tracked and are ongoing,” he noted.
Regarding saving taxpayers from incurring more costs due to the extension of projects’ completion timeline, Dr. Matiangi said that the government had significantly reduced payments in penalties and liabilities through the new structure.