Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i has assured NGOs in the country that the Publi Benefit Organisations (PBO) Act of 2013, will come into operation after the gazettement of the commencement date.
Speaking on Tuesday during a meeting with representatives from various NGOs, Matiang'i noted that after the Act comes into operation, all NGOs must operate within the confines of the law.
"After conversations with representatives of NGOs, we'll soon gazette commencement date for operationalization of The PBO Act, 2013, which will create a more enabling environment for non-state actors to operate in Kenya. However, we expect them to honour all their obligations," Matiang'i said.
The announcement will come as good news for the NGOs operating in the country who have long pushed for the Act to be operationalised.
Matiang'i's announcement comes after months of tensions between the NGOs and the government over the Act.
In 2017, a Nairobi court found the national government to have acted in contempt of court, by failing to publish the commencement of the operationalisation date.
The PBO Act will act as a framework for ensuring that all NGOs in the country operate on the strength of a legal basis.