CSs interact with Kenyans at forum

Friday March 18 2016

Infrastructure CS James Macharia (left) and his Energy counterpart Charles Keter at the KICC on March 17, 2016 to interact with Kenyans and answer questions touching on their dockets. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Infrastructure CS James Macharia (left) and his Energy counterpart Charles Keter at the KICC on March 17, 2016 to interact with Kenyans and answer questions touching on their dockets. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PETER LEFTIE
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Cabinet Secretaries took a break from their duties Thursday to interact with Kenyans and respond to questions on various matters.

They used the two-day symposium at KICC, Nairobi to engage the public on issues touching on their dockets.

Citizens were given the chance to seek explanations on policy matters.

Among the CSs taken to task by the public included Henry Rotich (Treasury), Ms Phyllis Kandie (Labour), Mr Dan Kazungu (Mining), Mr James Macharia (Planning and Infrastructure), Mr Charles Keter (Energy) and Foreign Affairs PS Monica Juma.

Ms Kandie was asked to explain why many old people and other vulnerable groups were not covered in the national safety net programme.

Mr Mwalimu Juma, a university student, drew applause when he brought to Ms Kandie’s attention the plight of an 84-year-old woman charged with being in possession of illicit liquor.

In mitigation, the woman said she resorted to selling the alcohol because she was not receiving monthly stipends.

“The transfer of Sh2,000 a month enables families buy food, pay for their medical costs and school fees. The fact that we have moved from Sh2.8 billion to Sh18 billion tells you that the government is serious about this plan,” the CS said.

The symposium continues this morning with more CSs expected to articulate issues touching on their dockets.