State House defends ‘accountability’ function of public servants in Jubilee campaigns

April 2, 2017 1:06 pm
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has refuted claims that public servants are campaigning for the Jubilee Government stating that they are merely doing their work.

Speaking during his weekly Press Briefing in Eldoret on Sunday, Esipisu said Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and other Senior officials are accountable to the President who appointed them are bound to make their work public.

He explained that what might seem to be campaigning are merely descriptions of the gains made in the President’s administration.

“Public Servants including Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and other senior cadre have a duty of accountability to the Kenyan people,” he stated.

“They have to account on the progress the administration of President Kenyatta is making since taking office. They have to account for trillions of shillings in taxes collected from the Kenyan people and invested in infrastructure development and other services.”

The Government spokesman emphasised that it is because of the work by public officers that Kenya is making irreversible progress in various sectors.

“They have to account for the confidence invested in them by the people of this great republic. So why are they supporting the President or appearing to so and supporting the great Jubilee administration,” he stressed.

“The answer is a simple one, this is because they are accountable to the President who appointed them in the first place and whose vision of service to the Kenyan people, it is their duty to operationalise.”

The opposition has been accusing Jubilee of using state officers and machinery to campaign.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has on several occasions accused Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa of being a politician in uniform.

Cabinet Secretaries Najib Balala and Charles Keter have in their speeches been viewed as campaigning for Jubilee.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has also been accused by the opposition of engaging in politics.

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