The Constitutional Values and Principles of Public Service

By David Indeje / Published January 29, 2018 | 11:46 am



COVID-19 Speakers President Uhuru Kenyatta, Chief Justice David Maraga and Speaker of National Assembly Justine Muturi at a past function

The hypocrisy that has been witnessed after President Uhuru Kenyatta named his cabinet nominees is indeed sad.

We should be aware that the persons chosen are meant to help the president to have an ‘…efficient operation of government and indeed taking into account the need of having a government that reflects the diversity of our nation and indeed one that can help me deliver on my mandate…’ as the President had noted.

Secondly, these are the persons who will help in the realisation of the “The Big Four” agenda” of Uhuru’s legacy last term.

According to the Draft 2018 Budget Policy Statement, the Plan targets to:

One, support value addition and raise the manufacturing sector’s share to GDP to 15 percent by 2022. This is by accelerating economic growth, create jobs and reduce poverty;

Two, focus on initiatives that guarantee food security and nutrition to all Kenyans by 2022 through expansion of food production and supply, reduction of food prices to ensure affordability and support value addition in the food processing value chain;

Three, provide Universal Health Coverage thereby guaranteeing quality and affordable healthcare to all Kenyans; and,

Four, provide at least five hundred thousand (500,000) affordable new houses to Kenyans by 2022, and thereby improve the living conditions for Kenyans.

Therefore, the names that have been forwarded to the National Assembly for vetting are not about tribe, who gave the president most votes during the last General Elections, it is about service delivery.

Article 232 of the Constitution the values and principles of public service listed as including:

1.     High standards of professional ethics

2.     Efficient, effective and economic use of resources

3.     Responsive, prompt, effective, impartial and equitable provision of service

4.     Involvement of the people in the process of policy making

5.     Accountability for administrative acts

6.     Transparency and provision to the public of timely, accurate information

7.     Fair competition and merit as the basis of appointments and promotions

8.   Representations of Kenya’s diverse communities affording adequate and equal opportunities for appointment, training and advancement at all levels of the public service of

a)     Men and women

b)    The members of all ethnic groups

c)     Persons with disabilities

The values and principles of public service apply to all persons in the public service in:

a)     All state organs in both levels of government

b)    All state corporations

It is a matter of the highest importance that the public hold to account all public servants serving whether at the County level or National level to Constitutional values established by Article 232 if they are to reap any fruits from the Constitution.  

Binaifer Nowrojee, the regional director for Asia Pacific at the Open Society Foundations then as Executive Director for Eastern African region said, “Popular participation by citizens in political decision making is an important aspect of a functioning democracy.”

This is because the active and meaningful participation of citizens in public affairs is the distinguishing feature of democratic societies.

As citizens, taxpayers, failing to hold public servants to the Constitutional thresholds stipulated by the Constitution will be declaring the Constitutional provision a dead letter and being privy to subversion of that Constitution.

As I had opined earlier, the National Assembly must interrogate the integrity of the nominees. It is not only the public that can help the National Assembly by coming forward with any material evidence that tarnishes the integrity of any nominee.

Will the National Assembly live up to its Constitutional obligations to be a filter of those the president seeks to appoint to his cabinet?

Read: What is the most responsible way to enact affirmative action in Kenya? 

The only way corruption, waste, inefficiency and other failures that have led to the country not reaping the maximum returns from budgetary allocations can only be eliminated if the public, the people who are sovereign eternally require public servants to carry out their mandate to serve the public as per the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution.

The transformation of Kenya will only take place if the people accept nothing short of the constitutional standards.  The moment the people settle, for anything short of the high standards set in the Constitution they will have sold and thrown into dustbin their Promises and Dreams enshrined in the Constitution.  




About David Indeje

David Indeje is a writer and editor, with interests on how technology is changing journalism, government, Health, and Gender Development stories are his passion. Follow on Twitter @David_IndejeDavid can be reached on: (020) 528 0222 / Email: info@sokodirectory.com

View other posts by David Indeje


More Articles From This Author








Trending Stories










Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE



ARCHIVES

2024
  • January 2024 (238)
  • February 2024 (227)
  • March 2024 (190)
  • April 2024 (133)
  • May 2024 (157)
  • June 2024 (65)
  • 2023
  • January 2023 (182)
  • February 2023 (203)
  • March 2023 (322)
  • April 2023 (298)
  • May 2023 (268)
  • June 2023 (214)
  • July 2023 (212)
  • August 2023 (257)
  • September 2023 (237)
  • October 2023 (266)
  • November 2023 (286)
  • December 2023 (177)
  • 2022
  • January 2022 (293)
  • February 2022 (329)
  • March 2022 (358)
  • April 2022 (292)
  • May 2022 (271)
  • June 2022 (232)
  • July 2022 (278)
  • August 2022 (253)
  • September 2022 (246)
  • October 2022 (196)
  • November 2022 (232)
  • December 2022 (167)
  • 2021
  • January 2021 (182)
  • February 2021 (227)
  • March 2021 (325)
  • April 2021 (259)
  • May 2021 (285)
  • June 2021 (272)
  • July 2021 (277)
  • August 2021 (232)
  • September 2021 (271)
  • October 2021 (305)
  • November 2021 (364)
  • December 2021 (249)
  • 2020
  • January 2020 (272)
  • February 2020 (310)
  • March 2020 (390)
  • April 2020 (321)
  • May 2020 (335)
  • June 2020 (327)
  • July 2020 (333)
  • August 2020 (276)
  • September 2020 (214)
  • October 2020 (233)
  • November 2020 (242)
  • December 2020 (187)
  • 2019
  • January 2019 (251)
  • February 2019 (215)
  • March 2019 (283)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (269)
  • June 2019 (249)
  • July 2019 (335)
  • August 2019 (293)
  • September 2019 (306)
  • October 2019 (313)
  • November 2019 (362)
  • December 2019 (318)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (213)
  • March 2018 (275)
  • April 2018 (223)
  • May 2018 (235)
  • June 2018 (176)
  • July 2018 (256)
  • August 2018 (247)
  • September 2018 (255)
  • October 2018 (282)
  • November 2018 (282)
  • December 2018 (184)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (194)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (205)
  • July 2017 (189)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (164)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (189)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (245)
  • June 2016 (182)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (247)
  • September 2016 (233)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (164)
  • April 2015 (107)
  • May 2015 (116)
  • June 2015 (119)
  • July 2015 (145)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (186)
  • October 2015 (169)
  • November 2015 (173)
  • December 2015 (205)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950