The season of politics is over, let us talk development, President Kenyatta says

MURANGA, 9 DECEMBER 2017, (PSCU) � President Uhuru Kenyatta today said the time for politics is over and leaders must work to deliver development and progress for Kenyans.

The President said Kenyans are waiting for development and are not interested in endless political talks.

In a remark pointed at the leadership of the opposition which has been calling for dialogue with the Government, the President said the dialogue he is ready for is talk on how to develop Kenya and bring progress for Kenyans.

He called on the opposition leaders to realise that the next phase of politics will be in 2022 when the country will go for another general election.

He said they (opposition leaders) should wait for the next campaign season for any other type of dialogue and during that time the leader they will negotiate with will be Deputy President William Ruto.

The dialogue we are interested in now is the dialogue that transforms lives and brings development. On the other one of talking politics wait for 2022 and you will dialogue with William, said the President.

He also called on Jubilee leaders to embark on hard work to fulfil the agenda the party presented to Kenyans before the elections.

The President, who spoke in Muranga County at the funeral of Mrs Susan Chege, mother to Muranga Women Rep Sabina Chege at Kinyona Primary School, urged Jubilee leaders to unite to serve Kenyans. To all Jubilee leaders, politics is over. Let us work for Kenyans, said the President.

On his part, the Deputy President said elections are over and leaders who were elected by Kenyans should dedicate themselves to serve the public.

The debt we have now is to bring development and progress for our country, said the Deputy President.

He called on all Jubilee leaders to support President Kenyatta to deliver on the agenda the Jubilee Party presented to Kenyans.

DP Ruto said President Kenyatta can count on the support of all Jubilee leaders to succeed in the work he has been doing to end ethnic division and incitements and to unite all Kenyans.

We want to do away with the politics of division and tribalism. Let us support the President in uniting all Kenyans, said the DP.

The DP said Jubilee leaders have a collective duty to support the President to deliver on the agenda he presented to Kenyans to win their votes.

The President and his deputy eulogised the Muranga Women Rep’s mother as a strong woman who raised successful children and who was an asset to the community.

They also commended the Muranga Women Rep for the crucial role she has played in initiating reforms in the education sector through her role as the chairperson of the Parliamentary committee on education.

The President also announced that the Government will expand the Kigumo hospital and also build a road link between Muranga and Nyandarua counties.

The funeral was attended by many leaders including Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Governors including Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Joyce Laboso (Bomet) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu).

Mrs Chege was laid to rest at the family farm in Gituamba.

Source: The President

"The season of politics is over, let us talk development, President Kenyatta says"

The season of politics is over, let us talk development, President Kenyatta says

MURANGA, 9 DECEMBER 2017, (PSCU) � President Uhuru Kenyatta today said the time for politics is over and leaders must work to deliver development and progress for Kenyans.

The President said Kenyans are waiting for development and are not interested in endless political talks.

In a remark pointed at the leadership of the opposition which has been calling for dialogue with the Government, the President said the dialogue he is ready for is talk on how to develop Kenya and bring progress for Kenyans.

He called on the opposition leaders to realise that the next phase of politics will be in 2022 when the country will go for another general election.

He said they (opposition leaders) should wait for the next campaign season for any other type of dialogue and during that time the leader they will negotiate with will be Deputy President William Ruto.

The dialogue we are interested in now is the dialogue that transforms lives and brings development. On the other one of talking politics wait for 2022 and you will dialogue with William, said the President.

He also called on Jubilee leaders to embark on hard work to fulfil the agenda the party presented to Kenyans before the elections.

The President, who spoke in Muranga County at the funeral of Mrs Susan Chege, mother to Muranga Women Rep Sabina Chege at Kinyona Primary School, urged Jubilee leaders to unite to serve Kenyans. To all Jubilee leaders, politics is over. Let us work for Kenyans, said the President.

On his part, the Deputy President said elections are over and leaders who were elected by Kenyans should dedicate themselves to serve the public.

The debt we have now is to bring development and progress for our country, said the Deputy President.

He called on all Jubilee leaders to support President Kenyatta to deliver on the agenda the Jubilee Party presented to Kenyans.

DP Ruto said President Kenyatta can count on the support of all Jubilee leaders to succeed in the work he has been doing to end ethnic division and incitements and to unite all Kenyans.

We want to do away with the politics of division and tribalism. Let us support the President in uniting all Kenyans, said the DP.

The DP said Jubilee leaders have a collective duty to support the President to deliver on the agenda he presented to Kenyans to win their votes.

The President and his deputy eulogised the Muranga Women Rep’s mother as a strong woman who raised successful children and who was an asset to the community.

They also commended the Muranga Women Rep for the crucial role she has played in initiating reforms in the education sector through her role as the chairperson of the Parliamentary committee on education.

The President also announced that the Government will expand the Kigumo hospital and also build a road link between Muranga and Nyandarua counties.

The funeral was attended by many leaders including Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Governors including Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Joyce Laboso (Bomet) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu).

Mrs Chege was laid to rest at the family farm in Gituamba.

Source: The President

"The season of politics is over, let us talk development, President Kenyatta says"

Red flag raised over substance addiction in public service

The level of drug abuse and alcoholism in the public service has reached career threatening levels, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Principal Secretary, Lillian Mbogo-Omollo has warned.

The Principal Secretary said workplace substance abuse was negatively impacting on the health, safety and productivity of public service employees. She singled a survey by the National Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Authority (NACADA) that had established alcohol abuse among employees in the public sector stood at 57.9 percent, higher than the National average of 39.2 percent.

It has also emerged that the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) at the Ministry is grappling with unanticipated addiction by public servants to a new fad � gambling and social media.

With the explosion of smart phones, tablets, iPods and iPads, the Ministry is also worried that a growing number of public servants were getting hooked to salacious sites and images on the internet.

And in a radical policy shift, Public Servants battling mild and severe substance and drug addiction will now be entitled to treatment and rehabilitation rather than disciplinary action.

Human Resource Managers, Line Managers and Supervisors within public institutions will facilitate treatment of their affected employees in line with their respective statutory and occupational schemes or prevailing human resource provisions.

The Public Service Substance Abuse Workplace Policy, 2017 which Ms. Mbogo-Omollo said was the first in public service aims at maintaining an alcohol and drug free, healthy and productive workforce.

It recognizes substance addiction as medical conditions where those afflicted can be rehabilitated back to productivity.

The new policy targets public officers at the National and County levels attached to the country’s disciplined forces, the Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC), Judicial Service Commission (JSC), State Corporations, public universities and other learning institutions. The country has an estimated 700,000 workers in public service.

In a speech read on her behalf by Nakuru Town East Deputy County Commissioner, Omar Salat during a Workshop on Friday to sensitize Human Resource Managers, Line managers and supervisors in the public service within institutions in the County, Ms. Mbogo said the policy had unveiled an ambitious programme to guide the prevention, treatment and management of public servants who are afflicted with various addictions at both levels of Government.

Addressing participants at the workshop, Principal Administrative Secretary- Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM), Grace Abonyo Otieno maintained that all public servants seeking treatment against alcohol and drug abuse will not be victimized.

The policy, she noted had been tailored to discourage public servants from discharging their duties under the influence of drugs.

Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), all Constitutional Commissions, Independent Offices (Auditor General and Controller of Budget), 47 County Service Boards and State Agencies have also been roped into the scheme.

The fight against this menace is a priority as it not only impacts negatively on service delivery but also undermines confidence of Kenyan public employees, stated the Principal Administrative Secretary.

Acting Director-Psychological Counseling Services at the � Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) Grace Wanjiku-Joseph voiced concern that evolution of social media and metamorphosis of gambling into an online activity was impacting negatively on productivity and social wellbeing of public servants.

Most public servants, observed Wanjiku were overspending and lack savings as a result of gambling by themselves or their next of kin.

Addiction to the new phenomenon, she said, had increased crime, including money laundering, reduced the quality of life and had seen an increase in socioeconomic inequality among public officers.

The Acting Director revealed that she was aware of cases where public servants spent a higher proportion of their personal income including loans and retirement benefits on gambling plunging themselves into untold health issues, sadness, anger and frustration and sometimes death.

Gambling only encourages laziness and drives away public servants from engaging in constructive activity as it gives false hope of quick riches. Some people have lost all their money and ended up homeless, as well as driving their families and friends to bankruptcy. Gambling is a social disease, motivated by economic reasons, observed Wanjiku-Joseph.

The unrestricted usage of social media, she acknowledges, was having a negative impact on workplace productivity, as employees spend more time on their phones and computers every day for personal work.

Addiction to social media and salacious sites on the internet, she added, had yielded poor communication among workmates and robbed them of creativity.

A study done by KPMG and another by scholars at Kansas State University showed employees spend a lot of time on cybers� wasting time on inappropriate website browsing thus causing organizations to waste production hours.

The study by Kansas University found that some employees spend up to 80 per cent of office time online.

The policy which is aligned with National Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Authority (NACADA) guidelines will provide guidelines and standards for managing public servants addicted to drugs by putting in place intervention measures.

It also aims to provide guidance on symptoms, effects on work and health consequences of alcohol and drug abuse, information about referral for counseling, treatment and rehabilitation services, and more importantly, put in place structures and mechanisms of dealing with alcohol and drug abuse cases.

The United Nations office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) estimates that between 155 and 250 million people aged between 14-64 years use illicit substances.

This has seriously undermined economic development, threatened security, destabilized families, communities, societies and affected work productivity. This requires urgent global interventions states the report.

Based on NACADA guidelines, various Ministries/Departments have come up with policies to address the menace. There is however lack of uniformity in approaches employed in addressing the challenge.

The policy, according to Ms. Otieno is therefore tailored to create a point of reference when mainstreaming Substance Abuse, mitigation and management in public service.

It is envisioned under the policy that professional counselors’ opinion will be sought before determination of disciplinary cases against public officers battling substance abuse.

Under the arrangement, counselors’ professional input may be sought before transfer or termination of service of a public servant. Public servants with substance addiction issues shall be facilitated by the employer to access after-care services once rehabilitated and will be entitled to all statutory and employment schemes.

The Policy requires that all the 47 governors establish committees in their respective counties and ensure that they provide budgets to implement the programme.

The governors will also be expected to include Substance Abuse targets in the annual performance contracts, establish and operationalize counseling and rehabilitation services, and ensure a healthy and safe environment free of hazardous effects of substances.

Human Resource Managers, Supervisors and other Line Managers in the public service are forbidden from victimizing rehabilitated workers or discriminating against them in terms of promotion or enjoyment of other benefits.

The supervisors will be tasked with the responsibility of assisting rehabilitated workers by keeping them away from assignments that would enhance relapse. The policy demands that the employer provides medical cover for treatment and rehabilitation of affected employees.

Source: Kenya News Agency

"Red flag raised over substance addiction in public service"