The Government is set to launch over 5,000 fully digitized services on Friday June 30th, as part of its efforts to enhance service delivery and efficiency.
This was revealed during a Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto at State House, where the status of the Digital Superhighway and digitalization of Government services was discussed.
President Ruto announced on December 2, 2022 that all government services will be made accessible on the eCitizen platform for government digital payments.
Ruto stated that this will be done to ensure that the government collects the targeted KES 3.2 trillion in revenue each year in his remarks following the swearing-in of Principal Secretaries at State House.
According to a statement from the State House, the Cabinet also approved the establishment of a special committee on pending bills, which will audit the liabilities for the period between 2005 and 2022.
“The National Government pending bills since June 2005 to June 2022 stand at KES 481 billion while counties owe KES 159.9 billion,” the statement read.
The Pending Bills Verification Committee will consist of representatives from various Government agencies, professional bodies and civil society groups.
The Committee will examine and submit interim reports to the Treasury Cabinet Secretary upon verification. The Government will honour the obligation in question.
“The move is aimed at establishing the integrity of all bills and cushioning small enterprises against liquidity inadequacies. Crucially, the committee will propose a mechanism to stop future pending bills,” the statement added.
Other issues that were approved by the Cabinet include:
- The establishment of decentralised offices of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to enhance access to justice at the grassroots level.
- The transmission and introduction of Tribunals Bill, 2023, to Parliament, which will rationalise and regulate the administration and functions of Tribunals, establish the Tribunals Registry and ensure independence and impartiality in their operations.
- The hosting of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya, which will boost the Government’s commitment to affordable and quality healthcare.
- The briefing on the drought and food situation in the country, with the forecast indicating an improved situation.
- The clearance of Advisor on Women Rights Harriette Chiggai to attend Cabinet meetings, along with other advisors such as Monica Juma (National Security Advisor), David Ndii (chairperson of Council of Economic Advisors) and UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala.