Prime Cabinet Secretary (PCS) Musalia Mudavadi has affirmed that promotions in the public service should be based on measured deliverable performance.
Mudavadi made the remarks even as he urged the youth to be transformative public service leaders, which is a product of hard work and to be agents of change.
“I believe that through nurture and hard work, public servants should be able to rise to the highest ranks. Promotion in the public service should, therefore, be based on measured deliverable performance, which is the product of hard work.” Mudavadi said.
He made the remarks during the graduation of the inaugural cohort as well as commissioning of the second group of Public Service Emerging Leaders Fellowship programme in a Nairobi hotel.
During the event, some 51 young people graduated and 65 others joined the programme.
By targeting entry level staff, Mudavadi said the Government is ensuring that the youth, at the nascent stage in their career development journey, can benefit from critical knowledge on values of the public service systems and leadership skills.
He said the public service internship programme and the public service Emerging Leaders fellowship programme are some of the initiatives targeting the youth and their role in better public service management.
“They are a clear indication that the Commission has the pulse on emerging trends in the public service and the importance of youth. I associate closely with the two initiatives because I am a firm believer in a professional public service.” He added.
According to Mudavadi, the programme seeks to build the next generation of public sector leaders capable of providing transformative solutions to pressing policy issues.
Additionally, Mudavadi said that the initiative instills a co-creative mindset approach and practice in policy implementation and citizen-centric service delivery, which are critical attributes currently scarce in the public service but are highly desirable.
“We believe that developing young leaders is important for our success. It is deliberate to prepare you and place you on a conscious journey that entails a mind shift, learning capability, honesty and skills to conceive emerging problems from a ‘birds-eye-view’ perspective.” The Prime CS added.
Mudavadi said that citizen-centricity and good governance are two virtues that aims at providing a fair environment for all Kenyans and ability to provide services effectively and efficiently.
“Citizens are at the core of good governance. Remember that good governance and citizen-centric public service will inseparably be linked throughout your training period and working years’ time.” He said.
He said President William Ruto inaugurated the fifth cohort of public service internship programme in March.
Mudavadi also urged the youth to be change agents and transform the country.
“Let not this investment go to waste. I look forward to knowing you are part of something big for the public service and the country. I cannot wait to see what it will be. But you are the leaders, you are the owners of your own vision and power.” Mudavadi noted.