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Women, youth supply dues focus of Tuesday Cabinet meet

At Tuesday's special Cabinet sitting, State Departments will be required to submit payment reports/FILE

At Tuesday’s special Cabinet sitting, State Departments will be required to submit payment reports/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – A special cabinet sitting will be held on Tuesday at which State Departments will be required to table their payment plans for monies owed to women, youth and persons with disabilities.

This follows a cabinet directive issued on Thursday that required the departments to forthwith pay the monies owed to suppliers with preference to the interest groups.

State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the delay in payments defeats the purpose of the special tender arrangements made for women, youth and persons with disabilities.

“Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) was established to help marginalised groups, but delayed payments have become more detrimental than helpful to these groups who often have limited access to capital. The President has asked that all State Departments present reports on their progress in meeting this goal, or their payments plans, at that sitting. I look forward to informing you of progress in the matter,” he said.

In 2013 President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that 30 percent of all government tenders go to women, youth and the disabled in an affirmative action move.

The Cabinet on Thursday directed that all payments due to government suppliers – with preference to women, youth and persons with disabilities – be made without further delay.

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