President William Ruto addressing cabinet

The government will stop using paper for communication, according to President William Ruto, as it begins to digitise services in the next six months.

President Ruto stressed the need for using digital channels while addressing the Cabinet Briefing on Friday at the Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Nyeri County.


He stressed that "traditional" ways of communication were impeding the delivery of government services.


As a result, he declared that communication would no longer be done on paper, beginning with the next cabinet meeting.


Mercy Wanjau has informed CSs that meetings will be paperless starting with the next cabinet session. President Ruto said, "We are going to manage our cabinet using the digital space."


Progressives say that the government will have to use technology to make everything run more smoothly.


The head of state reaffirmed the need for digitising government services, claiming that doing so would assure distribution efficiency and foster creativity.
It takes more time to send a letter than an email. 


"The email comes instantly; the letter informs us that we must acquire a messenger, another motorcycle, another messenger, a receptionist, and all sorts of bureaucracy on the other side," he stated.


"I believe it is about time Kenyans got value for the assets they have placed in our hands to manage their businesses."


The president says that if the government uses technology, it will save money and resources and bring in more money for the country as a whole.


He told his cabinet to work together and think outside the box to come up with new and effective ways to make money for the government and save the people a lot of money, like the recently started Hustler Fund.


In order for the people of Kenya to obtain government without too much red tape, he noted, "Every Principal Secretary and Cabinet Secretary must make it their business to work with the Ministry of ICT so that government services in your departments in the areas of your jurisdiction are digitised in the next six months."


He said, "Technology can make government not just professional but also, and most crucially, effective... Kenyans ought to be able to use their phones to access government services.


The commander in chief therefore disclosed a strategy for developing revenue-generating programmes in the agriculture industry and other ministries.


He said that technology will make it harder for people to avoid paying taxes, which will help the government get more money from taxes.


"We will also plug the gaps left by theft and lost tax income using technology. We have already taken enormous steps. in cases involving taxes... We have now digitised 300 government services, or 15% of them; the other 5,000 still need to be done.

"There are certain sectors where we do not have to use public resources to further the government's objectives, according to the overall government philosophy," the president said.

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