Give ten­ders to youth, women or I will sack you, Uhuru warns of­fi­cers

The youth say cor­rup­tion in pro­cure­ment, fail­ure to ad­here to gov­ern­ment 2013 di­rec­tive to have 30 per cent of ten­ders awarded to them are the ma­jor prob­lems

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - RAMADHAN RA­JAB @Rra­jab

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta has is­sued a stern warn­ing against civil ser­vants frus­trat­ing the en­force­ment and swift im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ac­cess to Gov­ern­ment Pro­cure­ment Op­por­tu­ni­ties law.

The law led to the amend­ment of the pro­cure­ment rules, al­low­ing 30 per cent of con­tracts be awarded to the youth, women and per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­ity with­out com­pe­ti­tion from es­tab­lished firms.

How­ever, at the State House Youth Sum­mit yes­ter­day, par­tic­i­pants said cor­rup­tion in pro­cure­ment, fail­ure to ad­here to gov­ern­ment 2013 di­rec­tive to have 30 per cent of all gov­ern­ment ten­ders awarded to them and de­layed pay­ment are the ma­jor prob­lems.

The Pres­i­dent put ten­der com­mit­tees and pro­cure­ment of­fi­cers, who fail to im­ple­ment the law, on no­tice.

“Pro­cure­ment of­fi­cers who deny the youth con­tracts will be sacked. We no longer pre­tend that we don’t know what is hap­pen­ing. We can’t up­lift the young peo­ple, if we deny them op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Uhuru said.

The Pres­i­dent also urged Kenyans to think pos­i­tively about their na­tion as a route to true trans­for­ma­tion.

“Some­times, Kenyans are the most neg­a­tive about their coun­try when for­eign­ers be­lieve in us. Who gives a damn about who should be what? What we should give a damn about, is where Kenya will be in the next 20 years,” Uhuru said.

“We should fo­cus on is­sues that are crit­i­cal to the lives of Kenyans and fu­ture of the coun­try.”

Uhuru urged Kenyans to stop point­ing fin­gers and pro­vide so­lu­tions to the prob­lems hurt­ing the coun­try.

On the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice pro­gramme, the Pres­i­dent said the chal­lenges should be fixed. He also promised that his gov­ern­ment will fol­low up and make sure that roy­al­ties for mu­si­cians are paid.

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Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at the Youth Sum­mit at State House, Nairobi, yes­ter­day/

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