President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday issued the directive to government accounting officers whom he warned would be held responsible if they sanction new projects without express authority from the National Treasury.
Uhuru said the directive is aimed at stopping wastage of resources and the habit of government agencies abandoning incomplete projects and jumping onto others.
“There will be no new projects that will be embarked on until you complete those that are ongoing,” said the President who spoke at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre KICC.
He was addressing a meeting bringing together government accounting officers including Principal Secretaries, Parastatal Heads, Vice Chancellors of Public Universities and Chairmen of State Corporations.
The President said projects exempt from the freeze are only those directly aligned to the Big Four Agenda but even then there must be a written authorisation from the National Treasury.
“Even if new projects are aligned to the Big Four they cannot be started without express authority from CS or PS of the National Treasury,” Uhuru said.