Today, Wednesday 23rd of March, 2016 H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the third Cabinet meeting in 2016 at State House, Nairobi. The following matters were discussed and approved during the meeting.
1. Development of the Naivasha-Kisumu/Malaba SGR Section, New Kisumu Port, and Expansion and Modernization of Embakasi Inland Container Depot (ICD)
Cabinet approved the development of the Naivasha-Kisumu/Malaba SGR project, which is Phase II of the Mombasa-Kisumu/Malaba SGR; the Project will be financed on a Government-to-Government (G-to-G) arrangement in which Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), and China Communications Construction (CCCC) will sign the commercial contract.
Also approved is the expansion and modernization of the Embakasi Inland Container Depot (ICD) and the development of access roads, which will be fast tracked as part of the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project again to be financed on a Government-to-Government arrangement. As part of the SGR Project, the Port of Kisumu will be expanded in anticipation of the increased cargo that will be handled once the SGR is completed.
Separately the existing Metre Gauge Railwayline between Naivasha and Nakuru, through Eldoret and Webuye to Malaba will be refurbished and modernized including all branches of the railway network in the country. This will ensure wide railway connectivity throughout the country.
2. Development of Roads Under the Road Annuity Programme Five Lots in Phase 1 (453 km) of the Roads 10,000 Programme through Public Private Partnership
Cabinet in its meeting held on 10th March, 2015, approved the Road Annuity Programme and the establishment of the Road Annuity Fund. The Road Annuity Programme aims at developing 10,000 km of new roads in the next 5 years in order to increase the paved road network from the current 14,000 km to 24,000 km.
The Roads Annuity Programme will accelerate development of the paved road network in Kenya while lowering the life cycle costs. The approach provides Government with the opportunity to pay for the Road development services over a period of time. This creates the effect of releasing available budgets to other commitments and priority areas in the short term. In addition, the new approach will spur socio-economic development through improved road transportation infrastructure, and enhance Kenyas economic growth and competitiveness in the region.
During todays meeting, Cabinet approved Phase 1 of the Road Annuity Programme to develop 435 km in various parts of the country to be financed through a Public Private Partnership basis. This will leverage the Private Sector to bridge the road infrastructure funding gap.
Cabinet further considered and approved two other crucial pieces of legislation:
(i) The Bribery Bill, 2016
In furtherance of the effort to enhance the fight against corruption, Cabinet approved the Bribery Bill, 2015. The objective of this Bill is to criminalize both offering and receiving of bribes by any person, including local or foreign entities, and to make specific requirements for private entities to have in place procedures for the prevention of bribery. The requirement for private sector entities to adopt anti-bribery measures is informed by the fact that the private sector acts as the supply side of corruption in the public sector, hence the need to stop bribery at the source.
(ii) The Witness Protection Bill
Cabinet also approved the Witness Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2016 whose purpose is to align the provisions of the Bill with the Constitution and other legislation.
3. Cabinet noted with satisfaction that the Laptop Project for schools is ready for implementation since the necessary equipment for both pupils/students, and teachers have now been procured.
23rd March, 2016