NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – President Uhuru Kenyatta says there will be no sacred cows in his government and that anyone found guilty of corruption especially in procurement processes will have to carry their own cross.
Speaking after receiving the African Association of Public Servants Gold Award on Friday, President Kenyatta ordered that all tenders and procurement processes be placed on an e-platform to enhance transparency in the sector.
He indicated that everyone including himself will be held accountable if they participate in any irregularities.
“I have made it very clear that we will hold our anti-corruption bodies accountable now going forward and that there is not sacred cow in this government including myself. I have no right no authority to call a Minister, a Permanent Secretary, a Chief Executive Officer to tell them to award a contract to a particular individual,” he said.
He emphasised the need for due process to be followed during all procurement processes.
“There is a process and everybody must know that if you hold that office, you must do things in accordance with the law, not in accordance with pressures of people who are calling you that you do this you do that. You are the one who will be held accountable,” he stated.
President Kenyatta stated that his government has set up 18 Huduma centres in various parts of the country and that by June next year, every county and constituency will have one.
He reiterated his government’s commitment in transforming the way in which public service and government office is viewed.
“We must deliver service to the people quickly, professionally and effectively. The opportunity to serve is a great opportunity that we must honour at all times. This is the spirit of Huduma. We are just beginning. But we are greatly encouraged by the impact so far, and are determined to rapidly transform government service for good,” he said.
He stated that the Huduma Integrated Service now delivers 35 government services at a single point.
“When people go to a Huduma Centre, they find a one-stop shop where their needs are met with courtesy, consideration and professionalism. They meet government eager to serve them and deliver to the best international standards. They encounter service at its best. The public reception of Huduma Integrated Service demonstrates that excellent public service is an essential need of nations aiming for socioeconomic transformation,” he said.
He said that the number of people turning up to take advantage of the efficiency and speed of Huduma Centres has compelled us to accelerate the spread of this Service to all parts of the country.