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Matiang’i lands new role in Uhuru’s administration

As President Uhuru Kenyatta’s prepares to name his complete Cabinet in the next few days, there are plans to consolidate operations in all ministries.

Uhuru’s administration has rolled out a new programme meant to centralize operations of all ministries and enhance service delivery, with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in charge.

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Labeled as the “One-Government’ approach“, key operations of various ministries will be linked to the counties, regional commissioners, chiefs and sub-chiefs to improve accountability at the grassroots.

The Ministry of Interior has been identified to serve as the nerve centre from where all operations will be controlled,effectively making Dr Matiang’i the most powerful Cabinet Secretary.

3 ministries; Energy, Education and Transport have already laid down their strategy that they will take to comply with the new way of doing things.

“As time goes by, we will continue making arrangements with the other ministries because it is the hope of the President that the government will work as one unit.” Matiang’i said on Friday at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

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“This will be done to the grassroots level through national government representatives,” he added as quoted by The Star.

County commissioners have already been instructed to countersign all contract certificates for government projects before contractors are paid.

Transport and Infrastructure CS James Macharia said the move will promote accountability.

The Energy ministry on the other hand has also ordered officials of various parastatals under it to report through the county commissioners.

“KPLC officials in the counties will now be directly under the county commissioners,” Energy CS Charles Keter said.

Keter also said the commissioners will countersign contracts before payments are made.

The county commissioners will also chair the county education boards for transparency in the management of national examinations.


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