Chief Justice David Maraga (sixth from left) together with the PSC Chairperson Mr Stephen Kirogo (fifth from left) and CEO Dr Alice Otwala (in pink coat) pose for a group photo with the newly sworn-in Vice Chairperson and commissioners at the Supreme Court on 17th January 2019.
New Commissioners for the Public Service Commission came on board on Thursday 17th January 2019, after taking oath of office at the Supreme Court of Kenya.
Vice-Chairperson, Ms. Charity Selina Kisotu, Commissioners Dr. Joyce K. Nyabuti, Dr. Mary C. Mwiandi, Dr. Reuben K. Chirchir, Amb. Patrick Simiyu Wamoto, Amb. Salma A. Ahmed, Andrew N. Muriuki, Ms. Joan Odhiambo Otieno were sworn in by Chief Justice David Maraga.
The Chief Justice congratulated them on their appointment and urged them to perform their functions as an independent commission without fear or favor “so that Kenyan public can get value for their resources.”
He said that under article 134 of the Constitution, the Commissioners are required among many other things to exercise control and disciplinary matters over the employees of the public, and promote national values.
The Chief Justice urged the Commissioners to strike a balance between calling public officers to account, while at the same time finding ways of motivating them.
He promised that the Judiciary will always be available for any consultations needed to help in their service delivery
Having taken oath of office, Commission Chairman Stephen Kirogo congratulated, and welcomed the new Commissioners on board.“May I from the onset state that the citizens of this country expect a lot from you and will therefore be looking upon you to deal and resolve issues that are very dear to their hearts,” he said.
He reminded them that the country expects them to find solutions for youth unemployment challenge, poor performance by the Public Service, low productivity and entrenchment of high ethical standards.
The Chairman stressed that the Public Service Commission must shift paradigm to gauge its success from happiness of the Citizens, noting that it is an integral part of society where it should never be viewed as separate.
He further said that the quality of Public Services must continuously improve in line with citizen needs and underscored the need for Government to automate to make public service available everywhere at any time.
He advised that in order to achieve efficiency and value for money, innovation in provision of government services was necessary.
The Chairman warned public servants against staying in comfort zones, giving excuses and delaying in provision of service.