Ahead of August 9 General Election, Ambassador Esther Waringa, President of Public Service Governance (PSG), met with Public Service Agencies in various positions and urged understanding during a press briefing.
Waringa emphasised on the importance of building institutional and individual capacities in support of the roadmap for the country’s governance transition and pledged to identify the most important strategic areas in which different stakeholders may intervene while managing the process.
In order to establish the next nation’s leadership, PSG will approve recommendations for action on peace, security, and good governance.
To avoid the post-election violence that occurred following the 2007/2008 election, each agency’s job should be clearly defined, understood, and quickly carried out.
“It comes a time when all 50 million Kenyans lives are much more important than individual political interest. Any Individual disrupting the peace of the country must be dealt with by the relevant agencies so that our people remain protected by these Public Service Agencies.” Waringa said.
Waringa urged the security services, in particular the DCI, to quickly complete investigations so that the DPP’s office could go forward with prosecutions and the judiciary could swiftly decide cases. She further urged the security agencies to maintain security.
PSG commended the media for informing the public on the progress of Governance Transition process by disseminating messages of peace across different platforms. She further asked religious institutions to regularly educate their followers on the importance of keeping morally upright character, honesty, and a positive outlook as well as the necessity to maintain peace and live for one another now and in the future.
“We, therefore, declare that our national guiding principle to peace during this period and after is the recently launched PSG National Peace Philosophy; My Peace, Your Peace, My Responsibility; Amani Yangu, Amani Yako, Jukumu Langu,” said Waringa.
She also urged the European Union, diplomatic, and humanitarian organisations to assist Kenya in upholding peace and tranquility both during and after this process, as Kenyans are waiting for an accountable, responsible, peaceful, transparent government that upholds the Rule of Law and is free of corruption.
Waringa criticised the current civil servants seeking elective positions claiming they have been on a looting spree by robbing the country’s coffers and urged the electorate to vet well leaders offering themselves for elective positions.
She said that the increase in poverty caused by the embezzlement had resulted in a rise in the number of street families. She has urged NGOs to get involved in upcoming elections, pointing out that Kenya is a regional centre of peace.