Uhuru directs govt agencies to promote diligent workers

By: ISAAC ONGIRI and SAMWEL BORN MAINA

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday directed government agencies to promote six public servants listed by the ombudsman for their outstanding performance in the civil service.

The President, in a speech read on his behalf by Attorney-General Githu Muigai, praised the State workers who scooped top awards.

The Commission on Administrative Justice initiated the awards scheme in a bid to motivate selfless public servants who strive to deliver services, in spite of a myriad challenges they face.

“I want to urge the Public Service Commission to consider rewarding those who will be listed as winners by considering them for promotions for their excellent performance,” said President Kenyatta.

SHOW DEDICATION IN SERVICE

He urged public servants to show dedication in their service to Kenyans and pledged to support independent commissions to achieve their goals.

Meru Central Deputy County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti won this year’s Huduma Ombudsman Award.

He was honoured for waging a successful war on alcoholism.

“Through his nudging and encouragement, erstwhile illicit brewers have formed self-help groups, raised money and bought 14 cows as an alternative means of livelihood,” said the commission’s chairman, Dr Otiende Amolo, at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.

Other State workers who were recognised included Mombasa Principal Kadhi Sheikh Abdulhalim Athman and Taita-Taveta County Prison Commander Nicholas Maswai.

Teachers Milka Njoki of Ndururumo High School and Sophia Atieno received certificates for their outstanding performances.

Mr Richard Mwangi, a teacher at Nadir Primary School in Garissa, was recognised too.

He is the only teacher who vowed to remain in northern Kenya even after his colleagues from other parts of the country fled the area due to insecurity.

Corporal Benard Kipkemoi Tonui, a member of the Recce squad who was killed in the April 2 terror attack at Garissa University College, was honoured posthumously.

Huduma Kenya Secretariat, Singore Girls High School in Elgeyo-Marakwet and Sinyolo Girls Secondary School in Siaya were also honoured.

IMPROVED SERVICE DELIVERY

Dr Amolo commended the improved service delivery in the civil service, but emphasised that more needs to be done as his office had received close to 100,000 complaints.

At the same time, at least three million Kenyans have so far been served by Huduma Kenya since its inception nearly two years ago.

According to the head of the secretariat, Mr Dennis Mutuku, more than Sh6 billion has been collected in revenue.

The programme, which was implemented by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, employs 1,000 people in 21 centres.

Kenya is the third country to roll out this method of service delivery after Brazil and Canada.

According to data from Huduma Kenya, more than 20,000 people are served at different centres in a day.

Recently, the Huduma team received a United Nations Public Service Award for improving delivery of public service.