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Govt scorecard due out on Tuesday

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that it will release the Performance Evaluation Results for government institutions for this financial year on Tuesday, March 3.

According to an advertisement appearing on Saturday’s local dailies, President Mwai Kibaki was planned to chair the ceremony that will be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

“The results for all government Ministries, State Corporations and Local Authorities for the financial year 2007/2008 are scheduled to be released on 3rd March 2009,” it read.

It further said that the Prime Minister was expected to launch a website for public sector reforms and performance contracting.

The performance contracts were introduced in 2004 to make public offices accountable and efficient.

The contracting issue has created a row between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary on how independent one is to scrutiny and accountability.

Teachers and judges have refused to be evaluated like the rest of the public offices.

Chief Justice Evan Gicheru said his team was operating professionally, and argued that theirs is a constitutional office that was independent of any scrutiny.

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Prime Minister Raila Odinga had earlier announced that no public servants, including judges and teachers would be exempt from signing the performance documents.

It is unclear whether they will be included in this year’s list.

Last year

In the evaluation released in May 2008, the Ministry of Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services was named as the top performer in service delivery to the public.

The Ministries of Regional Development and Special Programmes took the second and third positions respectively, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Law Office and the Ministry of Planning and National Development were rated as the worst performers, earning each of them a warning from the President.

The Nairobi City Council was evaluated to be the best performing Local Authority.

Kenyatta University, Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation and Kenya Wine Agencies Limited were the best three State Corporations.

The government has insisted that the performance contracting policy was the only way to exercise accountability and the performance rating of public servants for taxpayers.

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