SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.

,
PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF
THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THE HUDUMA OMBUDSMAN AWARDS
CEREMONY AT KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE,
NAIROBI, 14
TH
MAY, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen,
My Fellow Kenyans,
Today we celebrate those who serve their fellow Kenyans with commitment and
dedication.
Today all those who have been nominated represent to my belief the large
section of our public service that are committed to delivering prompt and good
service to the people that they serve.
For far too long we have focused ourselves on a few elements who give public
service delivering in Kenya a bad name. But those guarantee you that we
shall weed out as we continue to reward and promote those who have chosen
to serve their nation with dedication.
!o congratulate each and every one of you here today for it does not escape
my attention that what you do is what ma"es our country. #$cellence deserves
and inspires emulation.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Kenya%s success depends not &ust on those who have their pictures ta"en by
the media, but also on those public servants who wor" diligently and 'uietly
outside the limelight, whether protecting the nation, advancing education, or
helping the wea"est in our society.
t depends on teachers in schools( nurses in hospitals( the uniformed o)cers
who ris" their lives every day to "eep our streets and borders safe( the chiefs in
remote parts of our country( the tra)c policeman who stands in the heat at
noon, directing yet another angry driver. am very pleased that the
*mbudsman%s o)ce has chosen to honour these unsung heroes of our public
service.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The +ommission on ,dministrative -ustice has established itself as a core part
of our constitutional order. Kenyans have shown their trust in its wor" by
referring thousands of complaints to it . in /012 alone, the +ommission
received over 13,000( of these, more than 11,000 were resolved.
n light of its constitutional importance, and its practical success with Kenyans,
trust that the +ommission will be allowed to establish o)ces inside our
4uduma centres.
These are now a vital means by which Kenyans access the basic public
services, so it would be sensible to allow the +ommission slots in them.
#'ually, government at large . all our hundreds of public institutions . should
cooperate closely with the *mbudsman%s o)ce, as well as with the other
oversight o)ces set up by the constitution.
The reasons for this are clear. *ver time, delay, discourtesy, corruption and
ine)ciency have crept into some our public services. Many of those who voted
for the new constitution were motivated by their e$perience of public service
that fell below acceptable standards.
5e, as a country, chose to end the blight . to renew our nation and our public
service . by voting a new supreme law for ourselves.
5e chose to establish and entrench oversight for the public service. 5hether it
be the !enate, or the o)ce of the ,uditor General, or 6arliament, we must
accept the institutions of scrutiny we chose for ourselves . painful as that
acceptance will sometimes be. t is by their careful probing that we hold
ourselves to the standards Kenyans e$pect of us. But let me also remind these
institutions of oversight to correct and oversee other arms of government in a
spirit of fraternity, always.
loo" around today, at the outstanding public servants and the institutions we
celebrate today, and am reminded that there is special nobility in public
service. t is not easy to train for years, and then dedicate your life and s"ills to
the service of your countrymen . who are not always grateful for the service.
To dedicate your wor"ing life to the good of the country re'uires an especially
deep patriotism.
7ou are models of that love of country. The recent, and very unfortunate,
threats to our security remind us of our vulnerability to e$treme evil and agents
who serve an evil cause. But they also reminded us of the value of community,
and they remind those who were cynical about Kenya and our nationhood that
there is a country here, which is precious to its people, and which they will
defend with their all.
Let me close by applauding you for your achievement and your e$ample, and
by charging you to maintain these high standards.
God bless you all. Mungu awalinde na awabari"i nyote.

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