, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto on Monday led the Cabinet in monitoring, evaluation and planning exercises on a retreat at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha.
Previously, the retreat has been used to identify areas of priority for the Cabinet and monitor the progress of projects committed to in the Jubilee manifesto.
Cabinet meetings are generally held on Thursdays but are many times focused on policy matters and the resultant legislation with competing events on the calendar.
The retreat comes just days after President Kenyatta delivered his third annual progress report on the performance of his administration to Parliament and a couple of months before his Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is expected to read out the 2016/17 national budget on the floor of the House.
On Tuesday afternoon President Kenyatta is expected to give a brief on the deliberations as seen in March of 2014 when he announced that his Cabinet would be taking a pay cut in an effort to set the tone for deflating a ballooning public service wage bill.
He also announced a raft of other resolutions to bring down the national expenditure including restrictions on international travel and declared that there would be a budgetary focus on improving the lot of Kenya’s security forces and connecting all public primary schools to the electricity grid.
This Cabinet retreat could focus on President Kenyatta’s own foreign travel with an emphasis on the resultant gains following criticism that they have been too frequent and costly.
The Cabinet is also expected to plan for the upcoming visits by foreign dignitaries who include British PM David Cameron and international conferences such as the Tokyo International Conference for Africa’s Development slated for August.