Kenyan ministry working on Bill to protect Vision 2030

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The Ministry of Planning is working on a Sessional Paper to ensure Vision 2030 economic blueprint is not interfered with.

Social and Political Pillar Director Gituro Wainaina said the vision is not protected by the Constitution and could be mutilated or abandoned by the next Government.

The sessional paper that would be tabled in Parliament, as a Bill, would see political parties respect the blueprint if they form the next government.

“Vision 2030 is not enshrined in the Constitution. But it’s a very good document that ought to be implemented,” said Wainaina.

Speaking during the opening of a three-day conference at Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), Wanaina said they would encourage counties to develop their own visions because of different levels of development in various counties.

“Each county is unique and endowed with resources. We encourage them to develop their own visions that should have a national outlook. They must not wait for only the 15 per cent revenue allocated by the national Government,” he said.

Wainaina tore into the fourth estate, claiming a section of Kenyan media practises irresponsible journalism.

Citing radio journalism, Wainaina noted the media has played a role in eroding national values and called for Government regulation to end the crisis.

He insisted that certain stories are killed in the newsrooms at the expense of others which are insignificant which are given undue prominence.

The director said politicians who are not issue-based are an obstacle to realising the political pillar in the Vision 2030.

He said most politicians are only keen on ‘breaking’ one person instead of having an agenda for the nation.

Participants at the conference put Health and Sanitation PS Mark Bor to task to explain why the two Health ministers chose to seek treatment abroad.

Participants wanted to know why the top health officials overlooked the health infrastructure in the country yet they expected kenyans to use them.

Bor however maintained the country still lags behind in terms of adequate technology to effectively treat cancer.

“We need to take advantage of specialised people and even learn from them. We still lack adequate capacity as a nation to deal with certain diseases,” said the PS.

By FELIX OLICK, The Standard

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