The immediate former Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) Director General, Mugo Kibati has confirmed his exit from the helm of the Semi-Autonomous national development agency.
Kibati, 44, has formally moved to hand over office to Prof Wainaina Gituro, following the expiry of his four-year contract.
Stepping in on an acting capacity, Prof Gituro, who currently serves as the Director for the Social and political pillar at the VDS, is a social development expert and Scholar.
While confirming his exit, Kibati disclosed that after his public service stint, he is now returning to the private sector.
He further expressed his gratitude to President Uhuru Kenyatta, former President Mwai Kibaki for his appointment in 2009, and retired Head of the Public Service Amb. Francis Muthaura, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for their guidance and VDS staff for according him support during his tenure.
As the founding Director General, Kibati in conjunction with the Vision Delivery Board, chaired by Dr James Mwangi, successfully managed to lobby and secure the legislative approval for a binding Vision 2030 Sessional Paper. The paper, now known as Sessional Paper No. 10 of 2012 on Kenya Vision 2030, provides a legitimate anchor for Vision 2030 as the country’s economic and national development guiding policy framework and ensure it is, sustained up to the year 2030.
In his pioneering role as the VDS Team Leader, Kibati has successfully overseen the structural and operational establishment of VDS, as one of the most vibrant semi-autonomous government agencies spearheading the implementation of the Vision 2030 national development strategy.
He also expressed satisfaction the VDS had facilitated the completion of project designs and funding proposals for a number of flagship projects set for take-off within the current second medium term plan (MTP2) of the Vision 2030.
“I am making an exit from VDS proud of the gains we have made and the numerous challenges we have also managed to overcome in the grueling effort to firmly establish Vision 2030 as the national development strategy,” Kibati explained.
“As I return to the private sector, I’d like to thank my colleagues at the VDS and government at large for their support and encouragement during my time in the public service. While I’ll no longer be a public officer, I remain and always will be a servant of the Kenyan public rooting for the successful implementation of Vision 2030.”
Mr Kibati holds a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and an MBA from George Washington University, USA and has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the East African Cables.
Within the last five years, the Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat has successfully managed to co-ordinate the rollout of key flagship projects covering the economic, social and political pillars including the development of the 8 lane Nairobi-Thika Highway, Kenya Constitution 2010 and a raft of education and agricultural sector policy reforms geared at fostering national development.
Other major flagship projects recently rolled out include; establishment of the Lamu Port Southern-Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority to manage the implementation of the LAPSSET project on behalf of the government of Kenya.
To ensure the timely implementation of all flagship projects, the VDS has also managed to embedded Vision 2030 projects into the Government performance contracting platform through the inclusion of performance indicators. This inclusion is, geared at ensuring that all state institutions focus on the national development agenda Vision 2030.