New Bill seeks to anchor Uhuru Big Four dream in law
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged Kenyans“President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda risks being one big phantom project if it is not anchored in law,” said the fiery lawmaker. He noted that the plan needs to have legal structures which would enable every elected leader or technocrat to be cognizant of its implementation. “That is why I am coming up with this Bill to have the Big Four agenda well outlined,” said Kuria. The Bill establishes an authority to oversee the implementation of key priority projects as well as a committee to oversee the implementation of the projects at the constituency level. However, by denying counties any role in the implementation of the Big Four, the Bill is likely to create friction between county governments and members of the National Assembly, with the former likely to feel slighted by being left out of these key projects.
SEE ALSO :Investors get nod for SGR extensionFurther borrowing National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich also set aside Sh44.6 billion for the provision of universal health coverage and Sh6.5 billion for the provision of affordable and decent housing for all Kenyans. Treasury estimates that the country needs at least Sh200 billion every year to finance all the projects under the Big Four agenda, money that the Government does not have, particularly after it ran out of wiggle room for further borrowing. As a result, the Government is enlisting the help of the private sector in the realisation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s dream. “In order to realise this agenda, the Government is cognisant of the fact that it will need to deploy both physical infrastructure and technical expertise across all 47 counties. This will be a capital-intensive venture that we cannot hope to finance through the national budget alone,” said Mr Rotich when he unveiled the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Disclosure Portal.