Kibaki says he is proud of Kenya’s achievements
President Mwai Kibaki has thanked public servants for the support they accorded him and his administration over the last ten years.
President Kibaki noted that the effective discharge of various responsibilities by public servants has contributed to the delivery of the Presidential mandate to the Kenyan people.
Saying he is proud of the country’s achievements over the last ten years, the President said he appreciated every single public servant from the support staff to the middle level professionals and senior civil servants.
“My Government would not have achieved much without your hard work and cooperation. I commend the Heads of Public Service who served in my term of office for leading this important institution,” President Kibaki said.
The Head of State was speaking Friday at State House Nairobi during a farewell luncheon hosted in his honour by the Public Service.
President Kibaki, therefore, urged all public servants to extend the same undivided loyalty and support to the incoming administration in their efforts to improve the welfare of Kenyans across the country.
The President observed that although many challenges were encountered during his term in office, through the public servants’ determination, dedication and hard work, his Government was able to lived up to the expectations of the Kenyan people.
Said the President: “Indeed, I have heard it being said in various and numerous forums that we have left a proud record of achievement. I want all of you to feel an integral part of this success story and to be proud of it.”
He pointed out that the Public Service has been one of the most critical institutions in the country’s development efforts, especially in providing important government services to millions of Kenyans in hospitals, schools, police stations, foreign missions, government ministries and other institutions.
The President added that the Public Service has made the State visible to citizens by providing the most tangible link between the government and her people.
Saying it is also through public servants that a government implements its policies, President Kibaki said the Kenyan Public Service has been exceptional in carrying out this function.
At the planning level, the President said government technocrats were able to convert his party’s manifesto into workable projects and programs.
“The Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation was the first document which guided our urgent recovery efforts after I took office. Thereafter, our VISION TWENTY THIRTY was developed to guide us in the journey of transforming Kenya,” the President said.
At the implementation level, President Kibaki said the Public Service made it possible for the pledges he made to the Kenyan people after his inauguration on 30th December 2002 fulfilled.
Said the President: “These include free primary education, infrastructure development, increased tax collection, maintenance of law and order, reform of our public institutions and the promulgation of a new Constitution in 2010.”
Noting that during his term in office the ground breaking performance contracting and Rapid Results Initiatives that have been replicated elsewhere in the world were introduced, the President urged the Public Service to uphold these values as they keep the country focused on achieving development targets.
“Our efforts won international accolades. I do recall, with gratitude, that in 2007, Kenya was awarded the United Nations Public Service Award in recognition of improved transparency and accountability,” the President said.
The Head of State appealed to the Public Service to embrace the same standards of hard work, as well as customer and results-oriented approach in delivering services to Kenyans.
On behalf of the first family and on his own behalf, President Kibaki specifically thanked State House staff for their exceptional service and commitment in the last ten years.
Speaking during the occasion, senior public servants led by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, the Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Mr. Francis Kimemia and his predecessor Amb. Francis Muthaura paid glowing tribute to President Kibaki for his sterling transformative leadership over the last 10 years.
The speakers also included immediate former Minister for Public Service Dalmas Otieno, Finance Minister Njeru Githae and immediate former Minister for Special Programmes Dr. Naomi Shaaban among others.
They thanked the President for allowing them to serve him and Kenyans without interference.
The senior public servants on behalf of all public servants also outlined the transformation that has taken place in the country during President Kibaki’s term in office.
They enumerated many of the President’s unique traits and attributes including tolerance, patience, statesmanship and selflessness that enabled the country to achieve enormous development within a span of 10 years.
The public servants also applauded First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki for supporting them and the President in serving Kenyans.
During the occasion, President Kibaki and the First Lady were presented with various gifts by the public servants.