Raila: Provincial officers will not be fired

July 14, 2011 7:28 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Prime Minster Raila Odinga said on Wednesday that civil servants in the Provincial Administration would not lose their jobs.

Speaking during the launch of a programme dubbed ‘Transforming Kenya’ the Prime Minister dismissed recent claims that District Commissioners, District Officers, Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs would be fired as a result of the devolution process.

“The devolution process will transform the entire structure of our country. Many people will not see devolution as an opportunity. There’s fear that they are going to lose their jobs. They don’t know that this is going to create a much better opportunity for them. Nobody is going to lose their job, but their job is going to be transformed,” he assured.

Mr Odinga described such assertions as alarmist and said the devolution process was in the best interest of Kenya for future posterity.

In efforts to fast-track public sector performance in line with the new Constitution and Vision 2030, the Prime Minister kicked off the Transforming Kenya Program.

He said the rapid results initiative will gauge the progress of various governmental institutions and stakeholders, over the next 100 days, by focusing on three principle areas.

“The first is a dedicated government effort towards implementation of the Constitution. All government institutions will be required to review their policies, legislations, regulations and administrative structures to harmonise with the demands of the Constitution,” said Mr Odinga.

The Prime Minister added that this would require ministries to implement change management plans to ensure a smooth transition.

Touching on forwarding national development, Mr Odinga said the second component would focus on delivery of Vision 2030 medium term flagship projects. “The Public service will prioritise this through the 100-day rapid results initiative (RRI), as well as prioritising Vision 2030 in the eighth cycle Performance Contracts,’’ he said.

Transforming the delivery of public services, Mr Odinga said, was the third aspect of the program, through the integration of commonly used public service by Information Technology (ICT).

“This will include establishing one-stop shops such as citizen service centers, a single online portal of government services, call centers and mobile phone platforms. This will truly transform the government services making them accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

He added that citizens will also be able to participate in decision making through methods that facilitate idea- sharing and feedback to the government and other stakeholders.

The initiative, Mr Odinga said, would ultimately embark on the comprehensive transformation of Kenya and aim at setting the nation on the right track

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