Mudavadi calls for teamwork as he chairs inaugural meeting of PSs

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 14:20 | By
Mudavadi calls for teamwork as he chairs inaugural meeting of PSs
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi chairs the inaugural meeting of Principal Secretaries (PSs) at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, Nairobi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, chaired the inaugural meeting of the newly appointed Principal Secretaries (PSs).

Speaking during the meeting held at the Kenya School of Government in Lower Kabete, Nairobi, Mudavadi urged the state officers to practice teamwork to realise the Kenya Kwanza government's development agenda.

"The main characteristic of an effective public service is in its ability to convert political statements and public pronouncements and demands into public policy and legislation. The success of the government will depend on the synergy of teamwork and the partnership between my office and the MDA's offices," Mudavadi told the PSs.

"It's your responsibility as both accounting and authorise officers to ensure that requisite competencies - knowledge, skills and attitude - are adequate in their right numbers and cadre in your dockets. This should be guided by professional workload analysis and tested staffing and tooling," he added.

Mudavadi said the immediate tasks of the PSs will be to: "Identify and resolve functional overlaps duplications inconsistencies, conflicts and ambiguities; Quantify and harmonise staffing and tooling surplus and deficits; identify and weed out budgets not aligned to your mandates and functions.

Other roles are practising professional deployment and redeployment of staff; tooling between MDAs in consultation with the central positing organ; updating the inventory of assets in liaison with the Ministry of Finance; and undertaking payroll audit and payroll cleansing to validate staff compliments.

During the meeting, the officials also discussed key issues touching on legislative drafting for the national government development agenda and parliamentary liaison.

Present were Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, Attorney General Justin Muturi and Solicitor General Shadrack Mose among other senior government officials.

Mudavadi, according to President William Ruto's Executive Order Number 1, is the third most powerful government official after the President and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

Some of his roles include assisting the President and his deputy in coordinating and supervising government ministries and state departments, working closely with the ministry of interior to oversee government policies, programmes and projects and co-ordinate government legislative agenda.

The former vice president is also tasked with chairing the Principal Secretaries Committees and supervising the technical monitoring and evaluation of Government policies, programmes and projects.

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