, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – “I have spearheaded a comprehensive public service transformation programme that has included the design and implementation of the one-stop shop delivery centers known as Huduma centers.”
That, at least, is among what Anne Waiguru left the office with as a list of accomplishments at the helm of the busy and powerful ministry of Devolution and Planning.
As she announced her resignation from the Cabinet on Saturday, Waiguru made sure that all and sundry remembered what she had achieved in her tenure.
She stated that through her efforts, Kenyans could now access up to 45 public services under one roof thereby creating an effective and efficient public service, developed under the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service (CARPS).
“We have today about 40 Huduma Centers in about 36 counties – they have so far served over five million people,” she said.
She listed the design and roll-out of the Uwezo Fund to youth, women and persons with disabilities to develop themselves as other achievements adding that she had also overseen the restructuring of the National Youth Service into a premier institution that had enabled youth engage in projects that improve their communities and provide them with an income, savings, skills and enterprise training.
“NYS has been transformed from a service that only recruited about 400 youth annually to 21,000 in a span of 18 months,” she stated.
Waiguru did not stop there, she listed 13 awards the Ministry had bagged locally and internationally including best re-brand awarded to NYS by the Marketing Society of Kenya.
The Huduma Centers had also bagged various prestigious awards including coming top in the United Nations Public Service Award out of over 800 entries and also the African Association for Public Administration and Management Gold Award and just recently, the ministry came first among the commonwealth countries for women empowerment through the 30 percent procurement initiative.
Waiguru added that besides the ‘big’ projects, she had served as a deacon and mentor for youth in her church to encourage them to strive to be great people.
“I have continued to mentor many youth especially girls and have worked tirelessly to create opportunities for the empowerment of women and youth especially from disadvantaged situations,” she narrated.
Waiguru however questioned why her track record was ignored even as ‘frivolous’ accusations were leveled against her.
She acknowledged that although she was down, she was not out as her inspiration in joining public service was to make Kenya a better place.
She hoped that others going through what she had undergone would draw strength from her experience and continue to do their job with zeal stating that her ‘spirit had not been killed.”