NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs has released Sh1.2 billion owed to suppliers under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) initiative.
Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said half of the money goes to suppliers who conducted business with the National Youth Service (NYS).
Kariuki stopped the payments immediately she took over the CS docket in December last year, after the ministry lost more than Sh791 million in cynical payments leading to prosecution of its top officials.
The announcement came few weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta warned that government officers who fail to pay the funds of time would be sacked.
The Public Service CS echoed the remarks at Kiarithaini Primary School Mathira constituency Nyeri County, after issuing cheques worth Sh15.2 million to 59 groups under the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF).
She also launched County’s Digital Literacy Program and issued 78 learning tablets for class one pupils at the school, which was said to be the best performing public school in the region having registered a mean score of 275 points in last year’s KCPE.
Kariuki underscored that the program, which is targeting to cover 23,000 primary schools before end of this year, will position Kenya as a digital hub and be competitive globally.
In addition, she said the government has disbursed Sh1.27 billion to 21,000 public schools to improve infrastructure in readiness for receiving the tablets.
The area MP Peter Weru said more than 800 teachers from Mathira have already undergone training at Karatina University for smooth learning using the gadgets.