Kenya pledges to assist Lesotho’s public sector
NAIROBI — Kenya has committed to assisting Lesotho reform its public service sector to improve services to Basotho.
Senior government officials, led by Public Service Minister Motloheloa Phooko, are in the East African country on a five-day study tour of public service management and service delivery.
Among other things, the Lesotho delegation is keen on learning about that country’s performance contracting system and its impact on the management of the public service.
They also wanted to learn how the public sector can work systematically with private institutions and the use of biometrics to manage the problem of ghost workers in the civil service.
Mr Phooko paid Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta a courtesy call at his Harambee House offices in Nairobi.
President Kenyatta said Kenya is ready to share its experience in public service reforms with Lesotho and every other country that needs to learn from it.
“We will support you in your reform process and I hope this visit bears fruits,” said President Kenyatta.
The Kenyan leader also expressed hope Lesotho’s general elections next month will be peaceful.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Devolution and Planning, Anne Waiguru, told a media briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday that African countries were increasingly recognising the strides the Kenyan public service had made.
“We are ready to assist Lesotho to improve the efficiency of the services it offers,” Ms Waiguru said during a joint press conference with Mr Phooko.ms Waiguru said that for Kenya, the visit is a sign of growing confidence in the country’s public service management and recognition of the country’s transformational leadership in the region.
“It is a testimony that Kenya’s public service is coming of age,” she said.
“However, the improved efficiency would not have been possible without a committed and motivated workforce with the right skills, attitudes and competencies.”
The cabinet secretary said Kenya had so far received delegations who wanted to study public sector reforms from various African countries including Nigeria, Sierra Leo- ne, Malawi, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.
On his part, Mr Phooko said Lesotho has followed with keen interest the strides Kenya’s public service had made.
“We have compared this (Kenyan public sector) with the developments in our country and realised that we are lagging behind quite substantially in the sector.
We are interested in developing an effective and efficient sector,” said Mr Phooko.
He said the objective of the Kenyan tour was to get information about best practices in the successful development and implementation of the government performance contracting system.
The delegation also visited Huduma Centers — a one stop shop for accessing government public services — which has become a learning point for many African countries in enhancing public service delivery.
“It (Huduma Centers) is an impressive initiative and we have learnt a lot for the time we have been here.
It makes you feel what it means to be served by dedicated servants,” said Mr Phooko.
The delegation was also expected to learn on the use of information communication technology in the management of the public service.
— Xinhua/staff Writer.
Public Service Minister Motloheloa Phooko (left) speaks to Kenyan President uhuru Kenyatta after paying him a a courtesy call on Tuesday.