Deputy President Dr William Ruto has directed National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich to forward the names of all state departments, parastatals and entities that are yet to comply with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to publish all tender details to Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua within 30 days.
Speaking at a Nairobi Hotel on Monday during the 3rd National Action Plan on the Open Government Partnership, Dr Ruto said that all departments, agencies and entities that are yet to comply with Executive Order No 2 of 2018 signed by President Kenyatta ‘will be dealt with accordingly’.
“I want to ask Treasury to forward a list of all public entities that have refused to comply with the Executive Order to the Head of Public Service so that we can take head on the boards and the CEOs of these institutions because they are the ones who are pulling us back. It is not a request that the president was making. It is a demand,” Dr Ruto directed.
Dr Ruto described the policy as a way for the government to be transparent by disclosing all persons doing business with the government.
President Kenyatta gave the directive on June 13, 2018 saying that the order would allow the public to scrutinise details relating to all government procurement.
“The Executive Order is premised on the Constitutional principles of Chapter 12 on public financial management, and in particular Act. 201 and 227 that emphasise integrity, prudent use of financial resources, and fair, equitable, competitive and cost effective procurement. This will enhance the highest level of public scrutiny at all units of public administration,” read a dispatch to newsrooms at the time.