The National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee is lobbying for optimum legislative support towards the realization of the Big Four agenda.
A delegation led by Dr. Fred Matiang’i held a consultative meeting with the Senate Liaison Committee comprising the Speaker, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka, and the chairs of various Standing Committees in a bid to strike a collaborative partnership in finding solutions to the legal and legislative issues impeding smooth delivery of government projects.
During the meeting, Dr. Matiang’i noted that a number of crucial bills directly linked to project management are pending before the Legislature adding that delays in passing them have seen contractors suffer eventual cost overruns thereby triggering huge financial penalties on the government’s part.
The Cabinet Secretary appealed to lawmakers to expedite the proposed legislations to fast-track delivery of key programmes and projects funded by the national government across the country.
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Among the bills identified include: The Food Security Bill 2017, The Physical Planning Bill 2017, The Irrigation Bill 2017, The Kenya Roads Bill 2017, The Public Private Partnerships (Amendment) Bill 2017, and The Warehouse Receipts System Bill (Sen. Bills No. 10 of 2017), all of which were introduced between September and December, 2017.
Others are Land Value Index Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018, Government Contracts (National Assembly Bill No. 9 of 2018, Public Participation Bill 2018, County Statutory Instruments Bill 2018, Data Protection Bill 2018 and Warehouse Receipts System Bill (Senate Bill No.10 of 2017).
On behalf of the Liaison Committee, Hon. Lusaka noted that some of the bills have already been passed on to the National Assembly and pledged to push the remaining ones to the top of the Senate’s legislative priorities in the soonest time possible.
Dr. Matiang’i stated that the Committee will reach out to other stakeholders, including the Council of Governors, to deliberate the challenges constraining successful delivery of development projects and come up with new perspectives to address them.
He said: “We will also rope in our colleagues in the county governments so that we can address all these issues together.”
So far, the Committee has flagged up financial mismanagement, limited space for civic participation, weak performance management, and silo mentality as some of the other serious impediments to effective project implementation.
Present were: Attorney General, Kihara Kariuki, and Cabinet Secretaries Charles Keter, Simon Chelugui, James Macharia, Raphael Tuju, and Joe Mucheru.
The Senate Liaison Committee was represented by Njeru Ndwiga (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries), John Nderitu (Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations), Mahamud Mohamed (Finance and Budget), Michael Mbito (Health), Samson Cherarkey (Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights), Paul Mwangi (Lands, Environment and Natural Resources), Charles Kibiru (Tourism, Trade and Industrialization), and Moses Kajwang’ (County Public Accounts and Investments Sessional Committee).