Major reforms in the offing at the AG’s office

August 13, 2012 2:34 pm
One of the measures the office has already undertaken is boosting the capacity and acknowledging the capabilities of the employees/MUTHONI NJUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Attorney General Githu Muigai has revealed that he is spearheading major reforms at the State Law Office to enhance efficient service delivery and boost public confidence.

Muigai told Capital FM News that he is planning to launch a new organisational structure for the Attorney General’s office in the next three months.

“We will alter the way we run things to create efficiency,” he asserted.

One of the measures the office has already undertaken is boosting the capacity and acknowledging the capabilities of the employees.

“This kind of office cannot be about an individual; it is about the team. I have been strengthening the team. I motivate them and I’ve tried to inspire employees by leading by example. I have given them my guidance,” Muigai explained.

He said that following empowerment programmes in his office, there has been an improvement and encouragement especially to the younger lawyers whom, he believes, now have hope of progressing their careers at the AG’s office.

The AG said he had initiated consultations between his office, the Ministry of Public Service, Public Service Commission and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to have terms and conditions of his employees improved.

He expressed concerns that he had lost many employees to the Judiciary and private law firms which were paying almost double the salaries being offered at the State Law Office.

“We want good lawyers and not keep on losing them to the Judiciary or independent commissions that can pay twice of what we pay. We have a monumental responsibility of defending the government – touching on billions of shillings. When we have underpaid and demoralised lawyers, this is not good,” he complained.

He also urged the government to harmonise funding of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, his office and the Judiciary to ensure one arm does not pull the other back.

He expressed concerns that while the Judiciary was well funded; his office and that of the ODPP were lagging behind due to budgetary constraints.

“We need more resources. People forget that most of litigation involves the government. When you strengthen courts, you must strengthen the office of the AG and the ODPP,” he decried.

Muigai has recruited Christine Agimba as a Deputy Solicitor General in charge of the reform agenda at the Attorney General’s office.

“She is the right woman for the right job. Specific instructions are for her to work on business, laws and regulations which have been a major problem. She will be in charge of information and technology reforms,” he explained.

His office has further hired an external consultancy firm to advise and evaluate the efficiency of the State Law Office: “It will advise us on our staffing levels and use of technology. It will compare us with other law firms. We believe we are a good law firm. This is already bearing fruits.”

Muigai who replaced Amos Wako who served as Kenya’s Attorney General for decades, confidently demonstrated and promised that he will lead his office by example.

He maintained that he has been working hard to ensure he is present in all the workings of his office especially in attending to his duties as an ex-officio Member of Parliament as well as in the drafting of documents and preparations of court cases.

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