KENYAN LEGISLATURE PROPOSES IT APPROVE PROJECTS COSTING MORE THAN A BILLION SHILLINGS

NAIROBI– The National Assembly, the lower chamber of the Kenyan Pealiament, has proposed that it be among the authorities which approve projects costing more than one billion shillings (about 9.94 million US dollars) going forward in efforts to reduce cases of stalled projects.

This is among proposals made by the Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee for the 2018/2019 national Budget after it raised concerns of over delays in completion or resource allocation for crucial projects in the infrastructure, manufacturing and the agriculture sectors.

The committee has recommended conclusive funding, monitoring and evaluation to ensure projects are completed within the set duration and do not suffer budgetary changes within the year.

The list of stalled projects include an audit of Mitihani House, the Umaa dam, the Kenya Industrial Research Institute laboratories and the Makueni civil servants housing scheme, foot bridges along major roads such as the Nairobi Outering Road whose petition has been presented in Parliament and construction of a unit at Mama Lucy Hospital.

Ministries, departments and state agencies are expected to present reports to the Assembly on why the projects have yet to be completed.

In January, Treasury Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Henry Rotich announced plans to reconstitute the Pending Bills Closing Committee to review all outstanding bills incurred before 2015. The committee will advise on the stock of pending bills, payable to allow for allocations and closure.

Parliament will also pre-approve any new project in excess of one billion shillings the government intends to undertake beginning next month.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK