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Kenya weekly State House summits a good idea

By The Standard | August 16th 2016 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

State House held its third weekly summit yesterday that focused on the agricultural sector. The last two conferences focused on energy and infrastructure. We are compelled to applaud the thought process behind the summits.

The thinking, it seems, is to showcase the achievement of the Jubilee-led administration in the critical sectors of the economy without pomposity. It is a fresh way of doing things. With openness and a sense of accountability. They must recognise that the people need to know whether those hired to work for them actually work. Especially where, like now, the separation of powers means that sitting MPs are not members of the Cabinet.

Perhaps it is the recognition of this handicap that State House held the summits. It is encouraging that the organisers have not fallen for the temptation to turn it into a PR platform for political campaigns in the run-up to the 2017 General Election.

Yet despite that, there are obvious pitfalls. To do that, action must follow the talk. Kenyans want answers on specific everyday issues; they should not be bombarded with obfuscation from policy wonks.

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