Kenyan Uhuru Kenyatta to set the Big Four project in motion

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said his newly-elected committee for the Big Four agenda project will implement the programme effectively.

With only four years left before he leaves his office, he has elected the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as the chairperson and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich as the vice chairperson for the project.

The Big Four has four key pillars – manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security and has been the president’s desire to see it running.

“The committee will provide supervisory leadership throughout the delivery cycle of all national government programmes and projects,” said Kenyatta.

The move is aimed at increasing efficiency and delivery of public projects, better utilisation of funds, reduction of wastage of resources and gatekeeping.

Kenyatta added that his committee, which includes other cabinet secretaries like Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, will monitor and evaluate resources allocated to ensure proper utilisation to achieve proper outcomes.

Previously, the National Treasury officials had announced that there is no budget for the project, adding that they would be covered by funds set aside for the respective ministries.

The project will survive on borrowed funds, as the country is facing challenges due to dwindling revenues following an inflating regular expenditures.

Kenyatta has said that the Big Four will create jobs, which will enable people to meet their basic needs.

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