Amid growing pain and noise over the straining economic times, President Uhuru Kenyatta is reported to have put his advisors to task to explain why Kenyans are broke and yet there are many projects being undertaken by the government.

The official said the President put them to task over the poor state of the economy as the head of state insisted that the economy ought to have been doing better as a result of the many infrastructure projects he has launched.

Others who were present at the State house meeting included Cabinet Secretaries, among them acting National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani, Fred Matiang’i (Interior), James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure), Peter Munya (Trade), and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki.


Cabinet meeting in session at State House chaired by President Uhuru  File/Image

Among the resolutions passed was an order for parastatal heads to immediately release Sh34 billion in spending bills owed to suppliers.

It is hoped that the new money will help revitalize the economy and create more cash flows in the country.

President Kenyatta also banned government-owned institutions from investing in Treasury bill where at least Sh100 billions of public funds are said to be putting cash at the expense of suppliers.

Treasury Bills (T-Bill) are a form of short-term investment where an investor gives a short term loan to the government, usually with a maturity date of less than a year.

Economists and a section of politicians have called on government-owned corporations to be banned from trading in Treasury bills which essentially allows the National Treasury to take loans and pay interests to public entities at the expense of the private sector.