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

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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’

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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

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