Kilifi chief shines big at the Public service awards

Winners of the 2019 Public Service Excellence Awards. Umi Said Athman from Lamu and Teckla Atitwa Chai from Kilifi scooped top awards during the ceremony./Joyce Jura

Coast women among them Tecla Chai from Tezo and Umi said Athman the Lamu huduma centre manager shine at the awards

The Tezo location chief in Kilifi county shone at the public service awards that were held in Nairobi.

Teckla Atitwa Chai won the Innovation for Efficiency and Productivity award for her role in  initiating various projects in her location through the assistance of development partners thereby bringing services closer to the people.

She initiated operation ‘Rudisha Mtoto Shule’, which entails house to house searches of children who do not go to school and send them to school.

The initiative has contributed to the reduction of school dropouts in the area.

Teckla’s other project was the construction of a Chief’s office in Ngerenya area, which has never had an administrative office since independence.

The Chief also initiated a social media Whatsapp forum for staff and the public to report incidences.

The forum has made it easier to share information and to obtain feedback from the citizens.

She is also responsible for the ‘Soisoyo water project’ which provides fresh water for people in the area.

“As a chief, I want to deliver the best for the people of Kenya,” said Teckla who joined public service in 2005 as an assistant chief.

Women from the coast region shone big in the awards that were held by the Public Service Commission.

Lamu Huduma Center Manager Umi Said Athman scooped the top award in the first category which was ‘Citizen Focused Service Delivery’.

Umi was awarded for her ‘Huduma Mashinani project, responsible for delivery government services to far reach areas.

So far, 16 outreach programs have been successful in delivering government services to marginalized areas in Lamu County.

This is not the first time Umi is being recognized for her exemplary performance, in 2017, she was recognized as the ‘Best Center Manager’ and awarded a trip to Morocco.

While giving her acceptance speech, the clerical officer from the State Department for Interior and Citizen Services urged the government through the Public Service ministry to continue setting up better and efficient service network that can reach every Kenyan.

“Service is from the heart, and we are all servants in our communities, at our own capacities. So if we want to see a better future in our societies or this great nation, we all have to accept our role as servants and how we serve our people,” she said.

Umi has been in the Public Service for 11 years.

The first runner up in that category was Makueni County Commissioner, Mohamed Ahmed Maalim.

The second category, Public Service Values and Ethics Award, went to Hezron Michieka Momanyi.

Hezron is a Chief economist from the State Department for East African Community.

The last category was a ‘Special Recognition Award’ given to Police Constable Jairus Mulumia from the National Police Service.

Jairus won the hearts of Kenyans in September after a photo of him teaching kids at Forole primary school hit social media.

Mulumia was part of the team deployed to the school, which is located near the Kenya- Ethiopia border, to offer protection to the pupils.

The awards ceremony was held in Nairobi.