We need public servants who hate mediocrity – Uhuru
President speaks a day after a leaked internal audit at the Health ministry exposed a Sh5 billion scandal
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged young people to maintain high standards in their service to the country. He said Kenya needs public servants, professionals and politicians who hate the culture of low standards.
“Kenya needs public servants, professionals and politicians who have no time for mediocrity,” Uhuru said.
The President spoke a day after the Sh5 billion scandal at the Health ministry emerged, tarnishing his free maternity flagship project.
“When some of your elders have given way to laxity – and even to mediocrity – it fills me with hope to see that you have rejected their ways,” Uhuru said. Uhuru was speaking yesterday at State House, Nairobi, when he presided over the President’s Award-Kenya Gold Award presentation ceremony.
He urged gold awardees to carry the message that the President’s Award Scheme has for more than 50 years produced men and women who serve Kenya with distinction.
“Distinction is about dedication to efficient and effective services, it is about devotion to our values and to national unity; it is about selflessness – serving others; ultimately, it is about improving the lives of those around us,” the President said.
Uhuru urged winners to champion national unity. “You know that each of your companions deserves to be treated the same, wherever they come from and regardless of their tribe or religion,” he said.
The President’s Award-Kenya is a self-development programme for young people countrywide. It equips the youth with positive life skills to enable them participate in nation building and increase their patriotism. Some 766 youth received Gold Award certificates.
‘IT FILLS ME WITH HOPE TO SEE THAT YOU HAVE REJECTED LAXITY’
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Moses Kago from the NYS engineering school during the President’s Award-Kenya Gold Award Ceremony at State House, Nairobi, yesterday