H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta today chaired the a Cabinet Meeting at State House, Nairobi. In this meeting, Cabinet considered and approved various Bills, Polices and Programmes:-
- (i) The Roads Annuity Programme
- Establishment of a Road Annuity Fund
- The Public Finance Management (Road Annuity Fund) Regulations 2015
Over the years’ the Government has been encountering numerous challenges in the development and maintenance of roads. These challenges include; budgetary constraints, high unit costs and escalation. This has led to delays and accumulation of outstanding payments. The results have been very slow implementation of Roads construction programmes in the country.
The proposed Road Annuity Programme creates a framework to facilitate a partnership between the Government and the Private Sector under a PPP arrangement. Under the annuity programme, a fund will be established to ensure a seamless financing of the roads sector from the design, development and maintenance of roads. This will bring efficiency and deliver value for money to the citizens.
The Road Annuity Programme Fund will be constructed under a PPP arrangement. A significant shift from the past practice is that payments will only be linked to completion of roads and performance based maintenance. This will guarantee that Government will only pay for services received by the Nation.
Payments for services delivered by private contractors will be made from a Road annuity Fund that will be established for the purpose of channelling resources meant for payments for the development of road. The fund will guarantee the timely payment of contractors and services. A governance structure for the Annuity Programme and Annuity Fund has been set up.
The Governance framework puts in place regulations prescribing how the fund will be managed, with an Oversight Committee and Secretariat to oversee operations.
The fund will have a seed capital of Kshs.500 million initially and also indentifies other sources of funding.
The regulations also establishes the eligibility criteria for projects to qualify for funding under the Road Annuity Programme, and also puts certain obligations on contractors and contracting authorities and a clear mechanism for accounting and reporting on the utilization of the funds as provided for under the Public Finance Management Act, Cap 412C. A total of Kshs.1.2 trillion will be required to implement the programme over the next 10 years.
2) The Fair Administrative Action Bill, 2014
The Cabinet approved the Fair Administrative action Bill, 2014 for submission to Parliament.
For a long time, the impact of administrative action upon the citizens, towards whom it is directed, has been a point of contention between public authorities, civil society groups, and the citizens. As a result, the constitution of Kenya, 2010 directly addresses this matter in Article 47.
The objective of the Fair Administrative Action Bill, 2014 is, therefore, to implement Article 47 of the Constitution by imposing a requirement for fair and expedious administrative action. The Bill also makes provision for review of any action that may adversely affect a person.
3) The Proposed Health Bill, 2015
Cabinet considered and approved the Health Bill, 2015. The main objective of the Bill is to address emerging legal issues occasioned by the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, especially as it relates to devolution and the citizens right to health.
The key objectives of this Bill are: to establish a National Health System which shall progressively realize the right to the highest attainable standard of health as provided for in the Constitution; define and coordinate the functions of the National Government and the devolved functions of County Governments; and provide for the regulation of healthcare services and healthcare service providers, health products and technology.
Other policy decisions approved by Cabinet today included:-
- Establishment of the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa, and the Bordering States (RECSA)
The Cabinet approved the establishment and financial support of the Regional Centre for Small Arms in Nairobi. The Centre will address the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons whose effects are seen in the insecurity occasioned in both urban and rural parts of the country. It is for this reason that, Kenya has been at the forefront in ensuring that the issue of curbing the proliferation of small arms remains in the agenda regionally and globally.
- Establishment of the National Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Reference Centre in Nairobi
Cabinet considered and approved the establishment of a National Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Materials Reference centre in Nairobi. This Centre of excellence will be implemented with the support of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
The establishment of the CBRN materials reference centre is informed by the increasing use of CBRN materials in industrial, agricultural, research and learning institutions among other related fields. The CBRN Centre of excellence will aim at implementing a coordinated strategy for CBRN risk mitigation at national, regional, and international levels.
The proposed Secretariat in Nairobi will be the eighth to be established worldwide, with others in Abu Dhabi, Algiers, Amman, Manila, Ralat, Tashkent, and Tbilisi.
- The 10th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference
Cabinet also approved the hosting of the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held in Nairobi, in December, 2015.
The WTO Ministerial Conference is the highest decision making body of the WTO and is normally held every two years. It is a high profile international event which brings together trade ministers from all WTO members from around the world.
Due to the importance of trade in the global economy, the event also attracts interest among the civil society and private sector. The publicity created by the event will promote Kenya’s tourism and investment potential and, project a positive image for the country.
- Launch of the Integrated Population Registration System
This is a universal single registration system also known as the Master Database. The Integrated Population Registration System (IPRS) is being established pursuant to the provisions of the Jubilee manifesto aimed at achieving “a secure and centralized registration database activated at birth”. H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch the IPRS on Wednesday 11th March, 2015.
In order to address the challenges of a myriad of Government registration agencies such as the NRB, Civil Registration Department, Immigration Department, NSSF, NHIF, KRA and others, and streamline population registration process, the Government has initiated the IPRS. The objective is to establish and maintain a comprehensive and secure registration with information on all Kenyans and registered foreigners resident in Kenya, as “a single point of truth” on identity. The IPRS or the Master Database is an electronic database linked to other databases using a unique “Personal Identification Number (PIN)” generated by the system.
- Strategy to Improve Service Delivery of Public Service within Nairobi City
Cabinet approved this Strategy which entails a programme of beautification, improvement of cleanliness and hygiene, enhancement of lighting all streets and public areas in the city and improvement of general infrastructure including roads and drainage.
During the meeting, a Cabinet committee was formed to look into issues of decongesting the city of Nairobi and also the improvement of security in the city and its environs, in additional to a beautification programme and overhaul of infrastructure to make the city cleaner.
10th March, 2015