, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – The Ministry of Roads is the worst performing government department, according to this year’s performance contracting results.
The ministry is followed closely by the Cabinet Office, the ministries of Northern Kenya Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, Labour, Local Government, Transport, Fisheries Development, Education and Nairobi Metropolitan Development.
While reading out the results on Monday, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the ministries scored dismally in the implementation of government policies, while discharging their duties.
He explained that the valuation report targeted programmes and activities that had met the set timelines and were within the laid out government plans.
“I know some people will be asking why the Ministry of Roads has been rated last yet there are so many roads under construction. But you must know that the ministry was evaluated in the implementation of policies,” he said.
“That is where they are lacking; not in terms of road construction,” he stressed.
The Cabinet Office, Ministries of Roads, Development of Northern Kenya, Labour and Fisheries Development were again listed among those whose rating had worsened.
The premier warned them against performing poorly saying the country deserved better service.
“The ministries of Agriculture, Public Works, Water and Irrigation, Gender, Environment and Fisheries Development are also in this category,” he said.
On the other hand the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 was ranked the best performer alongside that of Energy and Lands, which came in positions two and three respectively.
The premier lauded them for their good performance but challenged them to keep it up noting that the country had a lot of work ahead of it in the realisation of its long term Vision 2030.
“Our public servants have performed surprisingly well. Our economy has also continued in the path of recovery. It grew by 4.5 percent last year and is projected to grow by 5.3 percent this year,” he noted.
Odinga further observed that the Ministry of Lands had been rated among those whose performance had most improved alongside the ministries of Special Programmes, Foreign Affairs, Higher Education, Planning, Energy, East African Community, Forestry, Medical Services and Finance.
“The most sustained ministries and departments include the Ministry of Planning, Lands, State House, Public Service, Information, Internal Security and Justice,” revealed the Prime Minister.
The University of Nairobi was also listed as the best state Corporation together with Kenyatta University and the Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation.
The Town Council of Kikuyu, the Town Council of Othaya and the Municipal Council of Machakos were listed as the best performing local authorities.