Cabinet ordered to cut down travel, reduce expenditure
11 July 2014, 14:30
Nairobi - The cabinet has been ordered to cut down on travel to reduce expenses incurred by treasury in what is seen as cost cutting measures by government.
The order came during a cabinet meeting held Thursday where president Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all non-essential travel to cease.
He added that in the case of travel being needed, cabinet secretaries should send the relevant ambassadors in the relevant destinations.
The measures were announced in a press release by the secretary to the cabinet Francis Kimemia Friday in which the move was explained in detail.
" Cabinet also limited foreign travels to only the most critical ones.
Ambassadors and County Commissioners to henceforth represent Cabinet
Secretaries as appropriate, the statement read in part.
The move is seen as a measure to cut unnecessary expenses fielded by treasury over trips that are not a must.
It is understood that the president was shocked at the number of trips cabinet secretaries take in line of duty, which he believes reduces productivity at ministry level.
President Kenyatta also ordered ministries to buy Kenyan products in the case where they are available and of a good quality.
He added that it was time to promote Kenyan products which will in turn improve quality of the products as well as boost the economy and provide jobs which Kenyans are in need of.
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