NAIROBI Kenya, May 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has categorically stated that his government will not tolerate inefficiency by any civil servant regardless of their rank in government, warning of dire consequences for those ‘sleeping on the job.’
President Kenyatta, who spoke after signing an Executive order delegating Government coordination functions to County Commissioners to represent him at the grassroots level, said this was aimed at enhancing security as well as services in the country.
“In an effort to strengthen coordination of the functions of the National Government and the County, promote peace and security and enhance national cohesion and integration, I Uhuru Kenyatta President and Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya hereby delegate the authority to direct, coordinate the National Government functions at County level to you County Commissioners,” he declared.
He however cautioned that, “where authority is given it comes with great responsibility. We will take severe action on anyone who takes unfair decisions on juniors.”
The President said civil servants are the face of Government and should always perform their duties as required by law at all times, by serving the public effectively.
“My wife always remind me every day, the one thing each and everyone of us should remember is that none of us in indispensable,” he stated. “There are many able Kenyans who can do whatever we are doing better, to replace us is not a hard task.”
The Head of State who spoke at the Kenya School of Government directed the Public Service Commission to come up with clear structures which will gauge the performance of civil servants at all times.
“Kama mimi silali hata nyinyi hamtalala (If I am not sleeping, you will not sleep either)… we must ensure the country is peaceful,” he affirmed.
“Kenyans must get the services they want; it’s their right not a favour.”