, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – The Ministry of Devolution and Planning intends to release tenders worth Sh50 billion in the next coming year to empower the youth and women in the country.
Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru is encouraging women and youth to be more aggressive and persistent by taking up opportunities made available by the government.
“There is already a Bill in Parliament that is likely to be law in the next couple of weeks meaning that it is now going to be a requirement by law that every ministry, department and every county government will have to give 30 percent of their tenders and business to the youth, women and people with disabilities. There will be ways to monitor it and since it will be law we expect then the uptake to be a lot higher,” she said.
Waiguru says the ministry has put in place more resources in capacity building strategies to ensure that more youth, women and people with disability familiarise themselves with the tendering process.
“For one reason or another the youth and the women have been facing certain challenges and they have not been able to take the opportunities we have presented as government. We are looking at the challenges by putting resources aside to ensure that we build their capacity and also use the National Youth Council for example to go and spread the word out there to ensure that this happens,” she said.
Speaking also at the launch of the ministry’s Strategic Plan 2013-17, Devolution Principal Secretary John Konchellah called upon all stakeholders to ensure that devolution works.
He says the responsibility of the ministry is on providing direction on devolution through capacity building to effectively develop devolved systems within the nation and counties to ensure both levels work in harmony.
“Devolution has been a fairly difficult concept to implement; it may pose challenges to us as a country but since this is what will make Kenya develop to the level desired by citizens, we must ensure that it works. This strategic plan has captured all the key issues required for realisation of results in the areas of devolution,” he said.
Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti on the other hand says through the introduction of the strategic plan, the ministry will ensure that the priorities of the identified developments are executed more effectively.
“Through successive reforms in the public service and other elements of public service delivery system the ministry and indeed the whole of government has aligned its human resources, financial resources efficiently so that and this is through introduction of several approaches that put management for results and the core of our practice,” he said.