Action will be taken against public entities that have failed to make open their procurement, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
He said it was mandatory for all the entities to maintain, continuously update and publicise the procurement of public goods, works and services as contained in the Executive Order No. 2 of 2018.
The Deputy President called on the Treasury to forward the list of the outfits that had not adhered to the Order to the Head of Public Service within a month for action to be taken.
“We would want to know the heads of these entities that are pulling us back, and action taken against them,” he said on Monday in Nairobi during the launch of the Kenya Open Government Partnership National Action Plan III 2018-2020.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich observed that openness and transparency in the government had resulted in increased public participation in the budget-making process.
“This has led to more oversight and, importantly, now our budget is more public interest-guided,” said Mr Rotich.
He said public entities that will fail to adhere to the Executive Order No. 2 of 2018 would not be able to access funds from the government.
The CS said Treasury was in the process of adopting an end-to-end solution to procurement that will make public tenders open to the public, thereby weed-out criminals from the process.
Present were the Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Makueni Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau, Head of the Delegation of the European Union Stefano Dejak, United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, among others.
Dr Ruto noted that with improved technology, public entities need to espouse less confidentiality, few secrets, more information and more openness.
“That is how progressive governments need to be; openness is necessary for inclusivity, informed participation, effective democracy and the holding of power to account,” he added.
He explained that although it started in 2011, the Open Government Partnership had become the pre-eminent international initiative committed to transparency, accountability, and openness.
The Deputy President lauded Elgeyo Marakwet, Makueni and Vihiga counties for taking up the initiative and called for more to subscribe to it so as to stimulate fact-based conversations in their respective areas of administration.
While urging the judiciary and other institutions, which are not already part of the Open Government Partnership, to make their commitments and join the march towards making Kenya an open society, Dr Ruto said the country had committed itself to “promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.”
“Anyone who has been in Kenya over the last year or two will attest that we are boldly and publicly living this commitment,” he noted.