Ruto reiterates commitment to bottom-up; addresses CSs punctuality
Cabinet secretaries signed performance contracts early today morning at State House, Nairobi. The contracts for the year 2023/2024 highlight what each CS is expected to deliver within one year. Each CS was given a copy, with the President keeping a copy as well.
President William Ruto reassured Kenyans that his administration was dedicated to fulfilling all commitments and promises made. He emphasized the implementation of the bottom-up economic plan and pledged not to evade any responsibilities.
“I want to tell the people of Kenya we shall keep every commitment and promise we made. While I appreciate the goodwill and concern, in order to give comfort to all Kenyans, this administration is committed to the implementation of pledges contained in our bottom-up economic plan. We shall not run away from any commitment we made,” said the head of state.
Addressing the issue of punctuality, the President urged Cabinet Secretaries to be on time, stating that tardiness reflects a lack of professionalism. He requested an explanation from those who arrived late, insisting that ‘traffic’ should not be used as a reason for their delay.
“There are those saying they were in traffic. If you cannot keep time with your employer, you’ve basically dismissed yourself. For those who have come late, I will be expecting a letter of explanation that does not involve traffic,” warned Ruto.
He also asked the ministries to fast-track digitisation of their different departments, “I do not expect by the end of this year, any government service to continue the manual way. All other paybill numbers in government offices will be shut down except the one being manned by the treasury.”
The head of state gave a stern warning to public servants embezzling funds or engaging in graft “The moment there are signs of intentions to do something, we will deal with you.”
Speaking during the event, DP Rigathi Gachagua also hit out at Cabinet Secretaries, governors who arrived at the event late adding, “Who else had you gone to see? This is the head of state who has given you a job. These are things that need to change as you have signed performance contracts.”
The second in command asked the PSs and CSs to emulate the president in working for the people as well as arriving at the events on time.
In addition to that, Rigathi urged public servants to prioritize local responsibilities over foreign trips, emphasizing the need to focus on their work and explaining their actions to the Kenyan citizens.
“Some change clothes at the airport as they hop from country to country. If the president was to heed every invite he received, he’d be out of the country the entire year. I’d rather we spend time explaining to the Kenyan citizens what we’re doing in office rather than in foreign countries.”