STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEFOF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA ON THE OCCASION OF THE SWEARING-IN OFPRINCIPAL SECRETARIES, STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI, JUNE, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen,I am pleased to preside over your swearing-in as Principal Secretaries. I congratulate you on your appointment inwhat was a competitive, rigorous and transparent process and wish you great success in discharging your duties.As you will recall, during my inauguration, I pledged to focus on quality service delivery and efficient utilizationof public resources as the basis of national development. In order to achieve this goal, competent, experiencedand hard working men and women of integrity are required.As the appointing authority, I took painstaking efforts to recommend to Parliament the best people in thepositions that best suit their competencies. I am glad that you have all succeeded through the vetting processand have now been sworn into office.My expectation is that you will neither disappoint me nor the people of Kenya. I urge you to vindicate the faithand confidence the people of Kenya and I have on you by serving diligently and accountably in order to deliverthe transformation of our country that Kenyans desire.Ladies and Gentlemen,As I pointed out during the swearing-in of Cabinet Secretaries mid last month, our Constitution outlines the keyvalues and principles of the public service. These include efficient, effective and economic use of resources;responsive, impartial and equitable provision of services; accountability for administrative acts; and transparencyand provision of timely and accurate information to the public.As the administrators of State Departments, we expect you to not only fully embrace these values and principlesbut also seek to entrench them in your various dockets. Indeed, the responsibility of ensuring that theGovernment is highly effective lies squarely in your hands as well as those of your respective Cabinet Secretaries.I urge you to work closely with and render your full support to your respective Cabinet Secretaries so that theGovernment can run seamlessly and deliver services to the people.To enhance the efficiency of public service institutions, you will be expected to put in place systems andprocesses that will ensure efficient service delivery, including service charters and performance contracts. I wishto put it on record that my Government will pay keen attention to the implementation of performancecontracting, and as I pointed out recently, public servants who fail to deliver on performance targets have nobusiness being in office.My Government will also pay very close attention to the prudent and accountable use of public resources. As thepeople in charge of State Departments, you are expected to ensure public finances and assets under yourdockets are used transparently, accountably and strictly for the intended purposes. You must, therefore,institute immediate measures to seal all corruption loopholes and ensure that maximum value is derived fromevery tax shilling, for the benefit of our people.Ladies and Gentlemen,You have assumed office at a time when we are implementing the new Constitution. Indeed, you will serve as themidwives of the new dispensation envisaged in our Constitution. We, therefore, expect you to provide visionaryleadership in aligning your departments with the requirements of the new Constitution.Finally, I urge you to ensure that service delivery is customer-oriented. Close attention must be paid to ordinarycitizens who are the customers and beneficiaries of public services. On their part, Kenyans should join hands infighting corruption. We must remember that corruption undermines service delivery and must be overcome if weare to succeed in developing our country.