CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

13 August 2014

Kenya: Waiguru Upbeat at Govt's Financial Management Scheme

Nairobi — Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, Anne Waiguru, has expressed optimism over the capability of the government’s Integrated Financial Management Information System in transforming the public service.

She said the system would enhance quality service delivery.

The the automated system is poised to enhance efficiency in planning, budgeting, procurement, expenditure management and reporting in the national and county governments.

“I am full of pride today to see IFMIS-a seed planted many years ago, which I participated in tending and nurturing is now bearing fruit,” said Waiguru.

The system which has in the past been blamed for the delay in disbursement of salaries to the county government employees especially in the health sector seems to have outgrown its problems and is headed for better times, she said.

Waiguru said the efficiency of the system would be enjoyed in both levels of government.

“This fruit will be enjoyed by national and county governments, contractors and suppliers to government, and most importantly by Kenyan people,” said Waiguru.

She said the IFMIS enabled her ministry to strengthen the capacities for county governments to perform their functions effectively while furthering affirmative action.

“Through IFMIS my ministry can support government efforts to spearhead affirmative action for youth women in all aspects of national development.”

With the implementation of IFMIS, the devolution CS hopes that budgeting and expenditures in the counties are going to be standardized.

“IFMIS system ensures budgeting and expenditure management are standardized across national and county governments for ease of analysis and reporting,” said Waiguru.

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