Chief Administrative Secretary Inspects Ministry Programs and Disburses Affirmative Funds in Seven Counties

Chief Administrative Secretary Inspects Ministry Programs and Disburses Affirmative Funds in Seven Counties

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh conducted a two-week inspection tour of the ministry’s programs in seven counties in the Western and Central regions. In the seven counties, Ms. Shebesh visited Huduma Centres, the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ program, and the Rehabilitation of the Kisumu port and Central Kenya railway line system. At the same time, the CAS facilitated disbursement of a total of Kshs 255 Million from the ministry’s Affirmative Funds.

Her visit to Huduma Centres was meant to assess their preparedness as they plan to resume delivery of services following the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. She toured the National Hygiene program dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’ in the counties. Kazi Mtaani is a national initiative under the supervision of the NYS. It aims to cushion youth whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The NYS is also engaged in the rehabilitation of the Kisumu port and the Central line of the old railway system.    

During her Western region tour, the CAS inspected operations of ‘Kazi Mtaani’ in Obunga, Manyatta, Nyalenda, and visited Kisumu Port. In Nakuru County, Hon. Shebesh inspected the ongoing ‘Kazi Mtaani’ program and disbursed over Kshs 28 million to vulnerable groups from the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF). 

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh inspecting the ongoing ‘Kazi Mtaani’ programme in Nakuru County  on 5th June, 2020.

In the Central region, the CAS visited NYS Tumaini field station in Nyandarua County where the NYS runs a potato seedlings production project. She called for an increase in the production of certified seedlings and provision of the same to Nyandarua farmers to cushion them during the pandemic period. 

In her discussions with the County leadership, she noted the rise of Gender-Based Violence cases during the Covid-19 period and urged the leadership to use existing National and County government’s structures to set up Gender-Based Violence (GBV) recovery facilities and safe houses to help GBV victims.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh accompanied by Laikipia Governor Nderitu Muriithi, Deputy Governor, Mr. John Mwaniki and County Commissioner,  Mr. Daniel Nyameti during the inspection exercise of the ongoing rehabilitation of the 233Km Nairobi-Nanyuki railway in Laikipia County on 13th June, 2020.

In Kiambu, Hon. Shebesh assessed the progress made with the ‘Kazi Mtaani’ project, the railway rehabilitation works in Kiandutu, Thika Town, and Kariminu, and presided over the issuance of Affirmative Action Funds worth Kshs 89 Million to various groups of Youth, Women, and Persons with Disabilities. In Murang’a County she disbursed over Kshs 57 Million. In Nyeri County, the CAS disbursed funds worth over Kshs 63 million. In Laikipia County,  she disbursed over Kshs 18 Million and challenged the residents to take advantage of the government interest friendly loans. 

She noted that the launch of phase two of ‘Kazi Mtaani’ program would provide a lifeline to 200,000 jobless youth across the country while imparting discipline and life skills under the supervision of the  NYS officers.

In all her stops the CAS interacted with the NYS servicemen and women and encouraged them to continue making their valuable contribution to national development.

Public Service Prepares For Africa Public Service Day 2020

Public Service Prepares For Africa Public Service Day 2020

The nation will next week celebrate the Africa Public Service Day on 23rd June.

Celebrated every year across Africa, the day serves as a platform for Public Service organizations to showcase and reward excellence in the Public Service in order to promote and sustain quality in service delivery. The day was set aside by the African Union for public service organizations to reflect on the successes and challenges within the public service and ponder on plausible mitigating measures to address service delivery challenges.

Kenya has this year selected the theme:Entrenching Good Governance: Developing Transparent and Accountable Public Institutions, which resonates with the 2020 African Union themeSilencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”. 

In line with the prevailing situation occasioned by the COVID-19 Pandemic and emerging natural disasters among them floods and locusts, the national celebrations for this year will focus on responses to these challenges.

“This year’s celebrations will be unique in that it challenges the way we deliver public services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has forced service organizations world over to be innovative and adapt new ways of doing business,” said Prof. Margaret Kobia, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service and Gender, as she expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s event. She further said that, “even in the wake of challenges posed by COVID -19, continuity and sustainability of excellence in public service delivery remains a priority for government

This year’s events will focus on activities that support the vulnerable citizens in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic; environmental conservation, particularly on tree planting in line with the President’s express commitment to achieve 10%  forest cover by 2022; and recognition of public service innovations and citizen engagement.

Specific activities organized by the State Department for Public Service include donations to vulnerable members of the public, tree planting and environmental cleanup activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and other stakeholders, among them county governments and National Administration. Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries will lead their respective ministries and state departments in the tree planting exercise in various designated sites across the country.

The Nation’s Public Service sector has organized forums for Citizen engagement through a series of online interactions and public discourses led by renowned scholars and public figures.

The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service and Gender Prof. Margaret Kobia, urged Public Institutions in the National and County Governments to take part in the various activities that have been planned to mark the celebrations in line with their respective mandates.

“This year provides a unique opportunity for publice service to demonstrate sensitivity to challenges facing society and to re-double our efforts in serving the citizens while adhering to ethos and principles of public service,” said the Principal Secretary for State Department for Public Service, Mrs. Mary Kimonye.

As part of the celebrations, Ministries have been requested to identify and recognize Public Service Agencies, institutions and individuals that have applied innovation and excelled in public service delivery while serving in the frontlines of Covid-19 mitigation efforts. Download PDF

See more about APSD 2019 ( African Public Service Day 2019 ) Held in Kenya.

HUDUMA KENYA USHERS IN A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

HUDUMA KENYA USHERS IN A NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

The State Department for Public Service Principal Secretary, Mrs. Mary Kimonye held a meeting with the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Huduma Kenya Mr. James Buyekane and Heads of Departments to welcome the new CEO and also discuss precautionary measures put in place to ensure that essential services to Wananchi at Huduma centres all over the country do not grind to a halt.

In recognition of the critical role Huduma Kenya plays within the Vision 2030 flagship project in Public Service, the new CEO’s top agenda is to ensure sustainability of the program bearing in mind the resources available and meeting the service delivery targets for the Country.

In her remarks, the Principal Secretary noted that Huduma Kenya is the face of Government and as the greatest interface with Kenyans therefore there’s need to ensure that the service delivery points are safe. She reiterated the need for the CEO to utilize his networking skills for purposes of bringing on board all sector players and garnering their support.

From left to right: Huduma Kenya new CEO Mr. James Buyekane, Principal Secretary, Mrs. Mary Kimonye and Huduma Kenya immediate Acting CEO Mr. Katee Mwanza during the ushering in of the new CEO at Harambee House. Photo by Brian Kochwa

Although the Centers are open, members of the public are advised to physically visit the centers only to access urgent and essential services. Mrs. Kimonye directed the CEO to ensure that the Centers are equipped with hand washing basins and sanitizers to increase safety.

Mr. Buyekane assured the Principal Secretary of his commitment towards enhancing customer service and improving service delivery.

Public Service gets New Principal Secretary

Public Service gets New Principal Secretary

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the swearing in ceremony of the newly appointed Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries on 28th February, 2020 at State House, Nairobi.

Among those sworn in was Mrs. Mary Kimonye Principal Secretary for the State Department for Public Service.

Mrs. Kimonye takes over the docket with a wealth of experience in the public sector spanning 13 years. From 2009 to 2015 she served as CEO of Brand Kenya. Prior to her current appointment she served as Principal Administrative Secretary for the State Department for Public Service from 2018 to 2020.

The new Principal Secretary, took oath of office together with six Principal Secretaries and two new Cabinet Secretaries.

Welcoming the appointees into their new positions. H.E the President asked the new officials to tackle the challenges of corruption and lack of integrity which have hindered development in the country, affirming that the two vices shall not be tolerated.

“The evil of corruption must come to an end. I expect you to support me in ending it,” the President said as he informed the CSs and PSs that he expects nothing short of total commitment to integrity.

The President assured the officials that he remains ready to guide them and support them in delivering services to Kenyans.

The new Principal Secretary will also be overseeing priority public service transformation programs that include civil service succession management, Research Development and Public Service Delivery Innovations, Government Payroll Policy and Standards, Internship and Volunteer Policy for Public Service and Co-ordination of Huduma Centres.

WE CAN MAKE GENERATION EQUALITY A REALITY IN KENYA

WE CAN MAKE GENERATION EQUALITY A REALITY IN KENYA

By Prof. Margaret Kobia

This year marks twenty-five years since the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing China. Popularly referred to as the Beijing Platform for Action, the conference is reputed to have set up a most visionary agenda for women and girls everywhere. This year the United Nations 64th Convention on Status of women (CSW 64) will be reviewing the progress made in gender equality the world over under the theme “An Equal World is an Enable World”. It is the year that is also introducing a new approach to gender equality programming globally under the banner “Generation Equality”. What has inspired this change and how does it apply in the Kenyan context?

The Beijing platform for action identified twelve critical areas that needed strategic action by governments and civil society to enhance the human rights of women and remove systemic barriers that hold back women from fully participating in all areas of life. Among these concerns were poverty reduction, education, health, violence, decision making, and the plight of the girl child. Given the conditions at the time, there was informed reason to advocate for positive bias for the girl child.

Despite some progress, real, tangible and impactful change has been agonizingly slow the world over. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender parity in all areas of life. In Kenya, despite some progress, women and girls still face discrimination, cultural exclusion, and experience inequality in the social and political front. In the political front, while more women sit in parliament, they account for only 23%. Women unemployment stands at about 11% against 6% for men. Female headed households are poorer, at 30%, compared to men at 26%. Women occupy lower skilled jobs and own fewer assets, compounding their challenges. On Gender Based Violence, 21% of women still face Female Genital Mutilation. On women’s health, 23% of girls are married off before the age of 18 thus exposing them to high risk of maternal mortality. In the same sector, the unmet need for contraceptives stands at 26%. True, progress has been made but there remain considerable unmet goals for Kenya. Nevertheless, this should not blind us to the progress we have made in many areas.

For instance, Kenya has made remarkable progress the policy and legal environment particularly on Gender Based Violence and FGM. The proactive deeds by His Excellency the President to end FGM by 2022 has set the pace for the country and galvanized the support of all stakeholders. Exemplary progress has been realized in matrimonial property, marriage and citizenship rights. In education, the universal free primary school policy has nearly achieved equal rates in enrolment for boys and girls. The 100% transition policy will accelerate this trajectory going into secondary education. Fertility rates dropped to 3.9 births per woman in 2014, down from 4.9 in 2003. These are a few of the remarkable advances made, that many developing countries would desire to achieve.

Generation Equality is conceptualized to accelerate progress in these and other areas of concern. It builds on the Beijing action points and demands a radical sense of guided impatience going forward. It envisages equal pay for all genders, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of sexual and domestic violence, access to health care services, and, most importantly, equal participation in political life and decision making in all areas of life. It sets the stage for doubling efforts to complete the unfinished business set by the Beijing Platform for Action 25 years ago.

The fact that the United Nations family is set to review progress twenty-five years after Beijing means that the gender equality movement is bringing advocates, activists and visionaries who were instrumental in laying the Beijing foundation, together with change makers in the new generation of actors. The new generation consists of change makers of all ages and genders. They are expected to galvanize the gains made, fill the gaps that are still open, and engender novel, ground-breaking, multigenerational approaches under the Generation Equality banner.  In Kenya, in line with the new spirit, community opinion elders and religious leaders, who are predominantly male, are already championing the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation.

Generation Equality is a global mobilization that provides an opportunity for countries to strategize on safeguarding the gains made so far and preventing claw-backs as has been witnessed in many fronts. The new spirit of a united front is providing space for countries to leverage on the opportunities presented by globalization and technological advancements. As the world reimagines economies, forms multi-generational partnerships, and makes adjustments in societies and political systems, human rights and gender equality must be upheld, ultimately setting a new impetus with the aim of leaving no one behind. It is instructive that the United Nations is leading this multi-generational campaign that will consist of a series of global conferences that will set the agenda for a global public conversation on gender equality.

In Kenya, our patriarchal leanings have contributed to the historical marginalization of women and girls. The new approach envisions the promise of a more inclusive, prosperous and peaceful, fair world for all – boys and girls, men and women alike. It is an inter-generational movement that has linked in government, international development organizations, civil society and private sector, among other stakeholders.

The progress we have made demonstrates that, indeed, this promise is achievable. It is possible to produce tangible and irreversible results on gender equality in line with our constitutional promise, and the global Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on Goal number 5 that envisages a world where all genders enjoy equal opportunities. Granted, some quarters have expressed concern that the global gender equality campaign has tended to leave behind the boy child. With the new approach, this concern should be comprehensively addressed as it promises to be a galvanizing moment that will leave no one behind.

WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS HAIL THE LATE PRESIDENT MOI FOR CHAMPIONING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN KENYA

WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS HAIL THE LATE PRESIDENT MOI FOR CHAMPIONING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN KENYA

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Prominent women leaders who served under the late President Daniel Moi visited his family at Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi where they condoled with the family. The delegation of women leaders, popularly referred to as “Trailblazers” in the women’s movement, were led by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service and Gender, Prof. Margaret Kobia.

In their condolence message to the family the women leaders acknowledged the contribution the former President made in enhancing women’s rights in the country. They hailed the former President for opening space for women to participate in leadership and decision-making at a time when patriarchy was the norm. They noted that during the Moi era, the Third Women’s Global Conference was successfully hosted in Kenya ushering in a national agenda of women’s empowerment and participation in all spheres of national development.

They accredited the Former President for appointing the first woman into Cabinet in 1995 in the person of Honorable Nyiva Mwendwa. “Many other women were appointed to positions of leadership as Assistant ministers and as board members in public institutions,” Prof. Kobia said.

The women leaders acknowledged the former Head of State for spearheading the establishment of numerous girls’ schools across the Country and for championing women economic empowerment through women-friendly policies and programs. “Women of this country shall treasure the immense support that the former President gave especially to marginalized rural women through women networks such as Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization which transformed life for women and their families in the rural areas,” Mama Phoebe Asiyo added.

Women Trailblazers condole with the family of the late former President Daniel Arap Moi at his Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi.

They described the former president as a patriot who continued to build national cohesion through his call for Peace, Love and Unity. “As mothers of the nation, we cherish these values and embrace them as important principles for our national ethos,” added the women leaders. 

The delegation consisted of women leaders who served during the administration of the late President, among them Mama Phoebe Asiyo, Hon. Zipporah Kittony, Hon. Nyiva Mwendwa, Prof. Leah Marangu, Dr. Jennifer Riria, Prof. Wanjiku Kabira and Rahab Muiu, among others.


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