Ensure prudent use of public resources, President Ruto tells new PSs

President William Ruto./State House

President William Ruto has called on the newly appointed Principal Secretaries to ensure public resources are used prudently.

Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of Salome Wanjiru Muhia-Beacco (Correctional Services) and Anne Wang’ombe (Performance & Delivery Services)at State House, Nairobi, President Ruto said public servants had to be held accountable.

“I expect that your department will work with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and all other cabinet agencies to ensure every public servant is held to account and is remunerated on the basis of their performance,” said the President.

The head of state said that 46 percent of the country’s revenue was spent on salaries and wages.

“Best practice demands that it should be at 35 percent. We are 11 percent above what is recommended as best practice. We must work to bring down the figure,” said the head of state.

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Newly sworn-in Principal Secretaries (from left) Salome Wairimu Muhia-Beacco, (Correctional Services) and Anne Njoki Wang’ombe (Performance Management and Delivery Services)./State House

The president also expressed his expectation to have the State Department of Performance and Delivery Services, harmonize the salaries of all public servants to ensure fairness and balance.

“I will also be looking forward to and expecting from your department a digitization process of all our payrolls and ensuring that the human resource, we can account for who they are, what they do, what they earn, and whether it is commensurate with the performance that is in every state department,” said President Ruto.

On correctional services, the president said “We must also embrace correctional best practices to empower prisoners besides preparing them for productive engagement in the country.”