BY GERALD GEKARA – Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has issued a directive that among other measures, seeks to freeze government agencies from hiring for 3 Years, in a bid to control the ballooning wage bill.
This is after the treasury issued strict guidelines on the allocation of funds to state-owned authorities and parastatals, in Preparation of the 2020 – 2021, 2022-2023 medium term budget.
Targeted in the cuts are allocations for consumable goods, staff upgrade, ICT equipment and funding for parastatals.
According to the new Treasury CS, these cuts are aimed at channeling funds to the benefit of Kenyans “to build on the progress made so far as the state confronts unemployment, poverty, and inequality.”
Upon cutting the costs, the government will be seeking to divert the ‘savings’ towards Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda.
In the dossier, the CS has hinted that Treasury may stop ministries from seeking funds for interns or any planned staff upgrades. This may mean that government workers will not be getting a pay rise any time soon.
In line with the current crackdown on shady contracts and tenders, Yatani has directed that the government ICT procurements and services will be sourced from the ICT Ministries.
Yatani is also pushing for cuts on consumable goods and services, saying no allocation will be provided unless the request is supported by service provision agreements.