Education cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha confirmed on Saturday (February 20) that the government had paid Ksh 1.35 billion to the artisans of Jua Kali for the supply of offices to schools across the country.
Magoha, who was speaking at Raphael Wanjala Mundere Secondary School for Girls in Budalangi Sub-county, said artisans delivered 625,000 offices to educational institutions as they requested before the reopening of school in January.
“The delivery of the Ksh1.9 billion office program went extremely well,” Magoha said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Education CS George Magoha at KICC on Tuesday February 9, 2021.
Through the economic stimulus program, the government had hired thousands of artisans from Jua kali to provide office space, but their dues were still outstanding despite the artisans honoring their contracts.
According to the CS, artisans in Nairobi, Nyanza and the central region made the delivery 100%. He noted, however, that craftsmen in Turkana County were exempt from the consequences of a late delivery, as they were outsourcing offices from other locations.
He also added that the office delivered was 95% of the contract and expected artisans to complete the remaining part by Monday, February 22.
Payment to artisans will be made through M-Pesa as the government aims to eliminate bureaucracy and prevent theft of public funds.
Magoha added that the government will do an audit immediately after the transactions are completed to verify if all the artisans have been paid.
The artisans of Jua Kali feared the government would continue to delay payment and expressed concern over their inability to purchase more stock.
Jackson Kamau, a craftsman from Juakali, told TBEN.co.ke he was happy the government honored its promise and hoped he would receive payment within a day or two.
“I made my last delivery two weeks ago and the school gave me an acknowledgment of receipt. This is good news for all of us Kenyan artisans and we thank the government for it, ”Jackson said.
The CS urged parents whose children were still at home to make sure they return to school and warned education officials will continue to locate them until they are all found. .
Education CS George Magoha talks to an elementary school student