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President Kenyatta praises State projects watchdog unit

Friday February 13 2015

President Uhuru Kenyatta with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair when he called on him at Harambee House in Nairobi on February 13, 2015. PHOTO | PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair when he called on him at Harambee House in Nairobi on February 13, 2015. PHOTO | PSCU 

By SAMUEL KARANJA
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A unit set up to monitor government projects has come in for praise from President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Expressing satisfaction with the unit on Friday, he said its work was on track and that it should set up monitoring tools for use by the current and future administrations.

Apart from monitoring the execution and delivery of projects and programmes, the unit also helps the government to fulfil its pledges to Kenyans.

President Kenyatta was with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and said the unit should follow up set targets, who is supposed to achieve them and when.

The unit works with the Tony Blair Foundation and is based at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

It’s job is to ensure that all ministries and departments meet the promises the Jubilee government made to Kenyans. It also follows up on deadlines.

The President said if court disputes threaten to delay projects, the ministries concerned should consult the Chief Justice for faster resolution of the cases.

“It is not for us to say what the judgment should be, but cases should not delay projects,” he said.

Mr Blair said the delivery unit will not be effective if it does not set measurable and specific goals.

Key projects the unit has identified for monitoring are the Konza Techno-city, Lamu Port South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport corridor, road accidents and media monitoring, especially coverage of Cabinet Secretaries.