2 April 2014

Kenya: Government Will Not Run Public Transport - PS Muli

Nairobi — THE Government has no intention of taking over the public transport system and will continue allowing the private sector to operate it, Transport PS Nduva Muli has said.

Muli who was speaking on behalf of Transport  Secretary Michael Kamau, said the government will not take over the transport sector.

He was speaking when he joined other members of the Cabinet in the ongoing State-of-the-Nation briefs on the government's performance in its first year.

Muli said the government is working on ways of ensuring a conducive working environment for the private transport sector players.

His statement comes against the backdrop of a transport crisis yesterday in which PSVs that had not complied with new transport regulations that took were grounded forcing commuters to look for alternative means of transport.

"An effective transport system can be run by the private sector," Muli said.

He said the government through the introduction of the new transport regulations is seeking to ensure public safety.

Energy PS Joseph Njoroge announced that in 2013 the cost of connection of electricity to households came down to Sh35,000 as a major achievement of the ministry.

He said  there is no reason for people to pay more than the Sh35,000 unless their power  needs were above the domestic cluster.

Njoroge said among the major projects the ministry seeks to accomplish are the installation of a solar power system in 1,400 schools across the nation.

He said this will ensure the successful roll-out of the laptop project.

Njoroge saidthe government is keen to add 5000 Megawatts to the national grid by 2017.

Information Secretary Fred Matiang’i said his ministry successfully completed the registration of all SIM cards in the telecommunication sector, and that all unregistered SIMs were subsequently deactivated in 2013.

He said the Kenya Information Communication Act among other pieces of legislation to assist in his ministry’s works have been approved by the National Assembly, or are to be debated.

Mining Secretary Najib Balala said his ministry has achieved the exportation of the first shipment of titanium worth more than Sh600 million with a further Sh1.9 billion expected in titanium royalties.

He said the mining ministry expects to increase its contribution to national income to Sh1 billion by July this year and Sh2 billion in the 2014-2015 financial year.

Balala said his ministry will look to increase its one per cent GDP contribution to three per cent in the next financial year, and eventually to 10 per cent in full realisation of vision 2030.

He said his docket will  oversee the setup of an online transactional registration system for the mining ministry to be ready by July 2014.

Yesterday’s economic cluster was chaired by Balala who announced that today’s briefing will be conducted by the social cluster chaired by Education Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.

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