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200 Makonde youths enlisted in the Youth Empowerment programme

200 Makonde youths enlisted in the Youth Empowerment programme
Msambweni, May 13, 2017

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki has revealed that 200 youths from the Kenya’s 43rd tribe, the Makonde, have been included in the enlisted 900 cohorts recruited in Msambweni National Youth Service (NYS) Youth Empowerment Programme.

CS Kariuki who was accompanied by her counterparts, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri for Devolution and Planning, CS Eugene Wamwala, Water and Irrigation and CS Dan Kazungu from Mining, said that this is the first time in history of the country that the programme has registered the Makonde youth.

Noting that this has been possible due to the visionary leadership of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, CS Kariuki reaffirmed that the Jubilee administration has surpassed the previous governments in terms of development adding that it has achieved a lot within a period of less than five years.
Mrs. Kariuki made the remarks when she officially launched the Youth Empowerment Programme at Sawasawa grounds in Msambweni, Kwale County.
Responding to a request from local leaders to ensure the Makonde youths are also enlisted in the forthcoming Kenya Defence Forces recruitment drive across the country, CS Kariuki promised to consult her Defence counterpart with a view to consider their wishes.

Enumerating the development record of the government, CS Kariuki acknowledged that mega developments have evidently been spread across the country regardless of the regions political alignment.

At the same time, CS Kariuki disbursed Ksh 8.9 million in support of various women groups from the Women Enterprise Fund adding that the fund has issued Ksh32 million in the county alone since its inception. The CS also noted that the Youth Enterprise Development Fund had disbursed over Ksh57 million in the county.

“Taking up these opportunities will ensure that you are able to start and develop something of your own that will uplift not only yourself but the community in which you live in. You have the potential, the energy and creativity all of which are ingredients of an entrepreneur,’’ CS Kariuki told the residents.

Unlike the "Kazi kwa Vijana" programme undertaken previously and allegedly benefited older people instead of the intended youth, Mrs. Kariuki reiterated that the current one is genuine and urged the youth to safeguard it. She affirmed that this programme has tremendously transformed livelihoods of thousands of youths across the country, citing the over Ksh.1.7 billion saved in various youth SACCOs for their benefit.

During the Function, the CSs also distributed famine relief food to Kwale residents.

CS Kiunjiri assured the cohorts and residents who attended the event that food crisis in the country will soon be a thing of the past. He told the residents that maize imported by the government to mitigate the situation was being off-loaded at Kilindini harbour and would be in the market soon.

On his part, Water and irrigation CS Wamalwa said that the government has put into place elaborate strategies to end perennial water shortage in the coast region and the entire country at large. Mining CS Dan Kazungu appealed to the residents not to gamble with their lives and instead elect visionary and progressive leaders rooting for the continuity of the Jubilee administration.

Others who addressed the gathering included; Kwale County Governor Hon.Salim Mvurya, MP for Kinango Hon. Ngozi Rai, MP for Lunga Lunga Hon. Khatib Mwashetani, Kwale Woman Representative Zeinabu Chidzuga and Director General, NYS Dr. Richard Ndubai.

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CS Kariuki insists on teamwork for service delivery in the Ministry

CS Kariuki insists on teamwork for service delivery in the Ministry

Nairobi May 10, 2017

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Mrs. Sicily Kariuki today held a round table meeting with the Chairpersons and CEOs of the Ministry's Semi-Autonomous Agencies (SAGAs) where she was briefed on the progress of the quarterly Performance Contract.

Giving a score card of their achievements on the past performances, the officers assured the CS that they will forge a cohesive approach so as to improve service delivery to the citizens and also help the Ministry’s achieve its mandate.

Emphasizing on the need to improve efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, CS Kariuki urged the SAGAs to create synergy in order to have a greater impact from their activities.

She appealed to the entities to follow the laid down procedures in addressing whatever challenges that may crop up and seek guidance so as to be able to serve the public better and at the same time meet their set goals.

The meeting also deliberated on strategic issues, benchmarking amongst themselves and the need to work in an interlinked approach in support of Government agenda.

In conclusion, CS Kariuki underscored the importance of accountability and openness in service delivery noting that it is the core value for achieving optimal results.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by Principal Secretary responsible for Gender Affairs Ms. Mwanamaka Mabruki.

In attendance were officials from the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF), Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), Kenya School of Government and National Youth Council.

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CS Kariuki Launches Crucial Strategic Documents For Public Service Transformation

CS Kariuki Launches Crucial Strategic Documents For Public Service Transformation
Nairobi May 23, 2017

Four crucial strategic documents for Public Service transformation have been launched today by the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Sicily Kariuki at the Kenya School of Government.

Speaking when she officially presided over the event, CS Kariuki said the documents aim at ensuring that public Service is well managed and delivers quality services to the public in line with the provision of the constitution.

Giving her keynote address, CS Kariuki applauded all stakeholders who made it possible for the documents and assured the attendees that, her Ministry would continue to develop sound strategies and polices towards improving service delivery at both levels of the Governments.

On the challenges of succession management, Mrs. Kariuki noted that the framework aims at developing a pool of successors that supports knowledge transfer and employee development at all levels in both National and County Public Services.

“It is also the expectation that following today’s launch, Human Resource Planning will be introduced in the Performance Management Framework at both levels of the Government and integrated in the subsequent annual performance contract guidelines for the National Government for integration by the various Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies,” CS Kariuki said.
The four strategic documents developed and launched by the Ministry are:
1. The Human Resource Planning andSuccessionManagement strategy
2. The PublicServiceSubstanceAbuseWorkplacepolicy
3. A reviewedPublic-Sector Workplace policy on HIV and AIDS
4. The Public Service Guidance and Counselling policy.

The Human Resource Planning Succession Management Strategy provides a framework to address the challenges currently being experienced in the Public Service and which have constrained efforts to deliver services at optimal levels. One of these challenges is succession management. This is manifested by inadequate human resource planning; staffing gaps at higher levels; ageing workforce; poor career management; high staff turnover in key cadres; and shortage of critical skills and competences.
The strategy aims at developing a pool of potential successors and encouraging a culture that supports knowledge transfer and employee development in the National and County Public Service.
The Public Service Substance Abuse Workplace policy was developed using the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drugs Abuse guidelines and is aimed at providing a uniform and standardized approach in prevention and management of substance abuse in the Public Service.

The reviewed Public Service Guidance and Counselling and Public Sector Workplace HIV and AIDS policies sets out standards and guidelines on the provision of Counselling and HIV and AIDS Services in the Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies. The review was necessitated by the need to incorporate County Governments and emerging other issues. The two policies have been aligned to the Kenya Counsellors and Psychologists Act, 2014 and Kenya AIDS Strategic Framework 2014/15-2018/19, respectively.

Ministries, Counties, Departments and Agencies are encouraged to implement the strategy and policies to improve the service delivery.

The development of the four documents is a culmination of the Capacity Assessment and Rationalization of the Public Service, (CARPS), whose overall objective is to ensure that Government functions are properly structured and staffed to facilitate transformation of the Public Service for efficient and effective service delivery at both levels of government.

In concluding her remarks, CS Kariuki urged all players to fully implement the Strategy and Policies for the realization of desired objectives.
Others who spoke were Public Service Commission chairperson Prof. Margaret Kobia, Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chair Sarah Serem, Principal Secretary for Public Service and Youth Affairs, Lillian Mbogo-Omollo and the Kenya School of Government Director General Dr Ludeki Chweya.

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