Deputy President William Ruto has asked public servants to take advantage of the country’s conducive political environment to deliver on performance targets.
Mr Ruto said the Government has provided an enabling environment for public servants to deliver, saying there will be no room for lazy officers.
Speaking during the launch of Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) for the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, held at the School of Government, Nairobi, Mr Ruto said with the prevailing environment, public servants have no reason to fail to deliver.
He said Kenyans expect an open, transparent and accountable Government that is accessible, responsive and committed to excellence.
“Now that President Uhuru Kenyatta has closed the gap between the Government and those in the Opposition, there is an enabling environment for civil servants to deliver on their targets,” said Mr Ruto.
“There will be no reason why public servants can’t deliver on the mandate assigned to them,” added Mr Ruto.
Cabinet Secretaries Margaret Kobia (Public Service), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Rashid Mohammed (Sports) and Chief Administrative Secretary (Rachel Shebesh) were present.
He said he was confident that RRI could create impact and socio-economic transformation if its goals were implemented within the stated period.
The Deputy President said the Government’s Big Four agenda- manufacturing; universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security would go a long way in improving the lives of Kenyans once fully implemented.
“What we are doing are deliberate efforts to deliver on our manifesto to change the lives of the people,” he said.
Mr Ruto said public service remains key in the implementation of the Government’s Big Four agenda.
The Deputy President asked public officers not to focus their energies on processes and procedures, saying what was important were results.
“Public servants must not focus on procedures and processes. It’s not about procedures but it’s all about results,” he said.
He said issues of the last General Election were now behind ‘us’, saying it was now the responsibility of civil servants to serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of how they voted.
“It is now the sole duty and responsibility of elected officials to serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of how they voted last year because it was their democratic right. We now have a Government of all Kenyans,” said Mr Ruto.