May 23, 2024

Government issues warning to all public servants

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Government issues warning to all public servants

The government through the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary issues notice to all public servants over the wastage of resources

The government through the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary issues notice to all public servants over the wastage of resources.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has expressed displeasure over government workers’ disregard for public resources leading to wastage in the public sector.

Speaking at the National Development Implementation Committee (NDIC)’s second meeting, which includes all of the Principal Secretaries, Mudavadi stated it is startling how many Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and State Corporations have redundant or overlapping functions.

He stated that the government is paying large costs to return commitment fees for loans that have not been used to their full potential and that state authorities have to be held accountable for reducing the waste of public funds.

“Where we have signed agreements with Development Partners, there are many cases where loans remain undisbursed due to nonfulfilment of conditions precedent to their effectiveness. Consequently, we continue to repay large amounts of commitment fees even though the loans are not effective,” stated Mudavadi.

He underscored the weight of responsibility borne by government leaders in ensuring efficient service delivery.

Mudavadi also echoed President William Ruto’s remarks that public servants must stop corruption and the wastage of public resources to build a prosperous nation and better lives.

His remarks come amidst increasing concerns over Kenya’s surging public debt. 

In the fiscal year ending December 2023, the country witnessed a significant escalation in public debt, soaring by Sh1.93 trillion to a record high of Sh11.14 trillion. 

Treasury has attributed this to external loan disbursements, exchange rate fluctuations, and uptake of domestic debt.

He requested National Treasury Principal Secretary Dr Chris Kiptoo to take stock of these loans and provide him with a report detailing the status of each.

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 Mudavadi noted that President Ruto had several times reminded public servants to protect public resources with zeal to be able to actualize the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).

“As a result, President Ruto has directed the consolidation process of State Agencies to commence as a way of ending duplicity of functions that is indeed wastage,” said Mudavadi.

He noted that the government had legally created State Agencies that are similar in mandate and all depend on the Exchequer for resources and as a result, the Exchequer has to resort to taxing citizens to raise these resources.

 Mudavadi pointed out that government departments and state corporations had also signed many MOUs but implementation is very weak and in some cases, they just remain that, without any follow-up.

The CS said that in their first NDIC meeting on March 22, 2023, they agreed there would be a paradigm shift in the management of public affairs to a trajectory driven by the government approach characterized by customer-oriented high-performing teams focused on set targets, excellence, and professionalism.

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