DP Ruto announces action against CEOs who have defied Uhuru's order

The president's orders must be taken seriously

DP William Ruto with Treasury CS Henry Rotich during the launch of the Third Open Government National Action Plan (Twitter)

Deputy President William Ruto on Monday issued a warning to parastatal heads who are yet to comply with President Uhuru Kenyatta's order.

Dr Ruto was speaking at the launch of the Third Open Government Partnership National Government Action Plan when he noted that the CEOs were yet to furnish the public with details of the companies they transact business with.

"In order to strengthen disclosure on who is doing business with the government, the President issued Order Number 2 of 2018 directing all public service departments to actively release to the public information on procurement of public works and services.

"There are public entities that are yet to comply with Executive order number 2 of 2018.

"I ask CS Treasury Henry Rotich to forward a list of all public entities that have refused to comply with the 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 pulling us back," Dr Ruto announced.

It was not a request

The deputy asserted that the Executive Order was not a request but a directive that needs to be taken seriously in the fight against corruption.

"It is not a request that the President was making, it is a demand that all public entities must publish their contracts, the beneficiaries, the directors of the companies government is doing business with and within the next 30 days, Treasury must submit a list of all those parastatals and public institutions to the Head of Public Service so that we take action," the DP ordered.

State House Statement

Former State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu gave a statement explaining the Executive Order and what it would entail.

"The Executive Order requires all Government entities and public-owned institutions to publish full details of tenders and awards from July 1, 2018.

"The publication will allow members of the public to access information, which shall include the items or services purchased, contract prices, and the particulars of the suppliers including owners, directors and beneficial ownership," Esipisu stated at the time.

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