State officers to seek State House clearance for foreign travel

State officers seeking to travel abroad will have to seek approval from President Uhuru Kenyatta in a move to check the use of public resources.

The directive comes just days after Kenya’s Parliament sent 90MPs to the Nashville summit in the United States for a benchmarking trip, raising concerns on the country’s use of finances.

Members of Parliamentspent Sh1 billion in the last nine months on foreign travel according to the Auditor General’s report.

According to the report, the ministry of foreign affairs spent Sh801 million on foreign travel.

The office of the president spent Sh33 million on foreign travel in the period under review.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in a statement said any government official will have to seek clearance from the President before travelling abroad.

Kenya is struggling with a serious debt problem even as it cuts back on financing to the county governments.

Workers in 20 counties are expected to go on strike over pay delays.

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