, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday with a message to Cabinet Secretaries that modalities must be put in place so that the government delivers on the promises made by the Jubilee Alliance during the elections.
“You must take charge of your ministries, work as a team and get down to the business of serving the Kenyan people who are anxious to see the government deliver on its promises,” President Kenyatta told the meeting at State House, Nairobi.
The president said that government service delivery, economic empowerment, social cohesion, poverty alleviation, food security, better and enhanced national security, implementation of the constitution including support for devolution, improved access to health and education were some of the areas that the Kenyan people expect to see addressed by the government.
“As Cabinet Secretaries you must be accessible to the public. This also applies to staff who work under you. We are all accountable to the people. You are responsible for your docket and staff who work in your ministries must deliver services to the people,” the Head of State said.
President Kenyatta told the Cabinet Secretaries that they were the CEO’s of their ministries and said he was confident that they had the capacity to deliver having been recruited through an intense and rigorous exercise.
“The Jubilee government was elected with an overwhelming majority of votes. We are a majority government in both Parliament and the Senate. As the Executive arm of government let us now work closely with the other arms of government and deliver on the promises to the people” President Kenyatta said.
You must take charge of your ministries, work as a team and get down to the business of serving the Kenyan people who are anxious to see the government deliver on its promises – President Kenyatta told the meeting at State House, Nairobi.
The Cabinet meeting that was also attended by the Deputy President William Ruto agreed that 14 Bills will be republished, while ministries will urgently come up with the needed Bills to enable the government legislative agenda to be anchored in new policies and interventions needed to transform the country.
“National interest must also come first. I intend to lead you and our country through a transformative journey. That transformation must carry along the majority of our people. We must deal with the agents of corruption and those who seek to enrich themselves at the expense of the country. We should reward genuine hard work and encourage the private sector to grow while at the same time coming up with good and timely interventions that will see the majority of people move from the lower class to the middle class within a generation,” said President Kenyatta.
The need to step up security across the country was underscored.
The Cabinet meeting assured that steps will continue to be taken until all Kenyans were secure to undertake their day to day social and economic obligations.
The meeting was upraised on progress of Somalia-Kenya relations, following a two day retreat by the presidents of both countries at Sagana State Lodge.
The meeting was informed of steps being taken for the stabilisation and reconstruction of Somalia.