Principal Secretaries face the risk of losing their jobs if they fail to ensure that their ministries fully adopt e-procurement by the end of next week.
President Uhuru Kenyatta today said any Principal Secretary who fails to comply will have his or her status as the chief accounting officer of the ministry taken away immediately.
He said he was no going back on the Executive Order he issued that requires all government ministries and agencies to use the e-procurement system to minimise avenues for corruption. He said there was some compliance but added that it was not satisfactory.
President Kenyatta also said senior officers should know that they cannot fool anyone by making available some tenders on the e-procurement system, while concealing others.
“You cannot fool us by showing a tender for KSH 100 million when your budgets runs into billions,” he said.
President Kenyatta spoke today when he opened a new terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with a capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers annually.
Still on transparency, President Kenyatta called for the prosecution of Kenya Airports Authority employees who misuse public resources.
He directed KAA chairman David Kimaiyo to ensure the people responsible for theft of public resources at the parastatal are brought to book.
The President cited a case where KAA has hired 5 buses that transport passengers within the airport at an outrageous cost of KSh 11 million per month.
“I find it impossible to believe and to understand that you can say that you have buses you pay Ksh11 million a month. Why don’t you come and I give you NYS buses at KSh 100, 000,” said the President.
“We cannot sustain this. You must use resources properly and those who did this must be taken to court and they must return the public money,” he said.
The President spoke after touring the JKIA Terminal 2 which has already started operating as the airport undergoes massive expansion.
“It is a moment of pride for all of us as we celebrate our resilience,” said the President.
The new terminal, that brings JKIA annual capacity to 7.5 million passengers, will cater for arrival and departure.
It is designed to handle 1,600 departing or arriving passengers during peak hours.
The terminal has a centralised security screening system with separate departure and arrival processes. Seven airlines have already started using the terminal, which also offers international to international transfers.
The developments at JKIA are part of the projects initiated by Government to modernise airports.
Some of the key projects are the ongoing improvement of the Moi International Airport, Mombasa, upgrading of Isiolo Airport to international Airport Standard and upgrading of similar facilities in many parts of the country.
The Kenya Airports Authority will soon embark on building Terminal 3 which will have a capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually.
Acting Transport Secretary James Macharia said projections show that JKIA will be handling 25 million passengers in 2015 and this calls for exponential investment in infrastructure development.
“We are currently engaging FAA to give JKIA ranking 1 so that it can handle direct flights to the US,” Macharia.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said the opening of the new terminal was a demonstration of the indomitable kenyan spirit, after JKIA faced a number of challenges in recent years.
The Governor said JKIA can be the best airport if Nairobi becomes a more organised city.
“This airport will deliver only if Nairobi city plays its role as a regional hub and a city of choice for tourists,” he said.
Kidero thanked the President for supporting the Nairobi County Government with hundreds of millions to light up the city. He also thanked the President for deploying 10,000 National Youth Service officers to clear drainages in Nairobi after heavy floods earlier in the week.
Mr Kimaiyo said besides the mordenisation of the airports, the Government has enhanced and will continue improving the safety of airports.
“We will increase the security and safety of the airports in Kenya so that we can compete with other international airports,” he said.
Acting MD of KAA Yatich Kangungo said JKIA is the 4th best airport in Africa but they are striving to be the best.