Public Service Minister, Dalmas Otieno, underscored the need for e-governance. According to the minister, adoption of e-government as a service delivery enabler has the potential to improve accountability. Kenya has continued to make significant progress in improving public services through online delivery, adoption of electronic procurement of goods and services and practise of e-governance aimed at enhancing public participation in decision making.
The minister said demands for accountability in public service agencies have been driven by the need for policy makers, elected leaders and other public servants to fulfill obligations and mandates associated with sustainable management of public affairs.
“Good governance involves ethical notions related to moral integrity and trust and whereas these values must be earned, it is prudent and conventional to legislate for accountability frameworks,’’ observed the Minister when he officiated the opening of this years Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) 16th annual International Conference in Kwale County.
It was themed, ”Governance Perspective in Harnessing Natural Resources for Development.” Otieno said the new Constitution provides for necessary accountability measures, and the establishment of relevant institutions of governance that make it it possible to hold public officials to account for their actions. ICPSK National chairperson, Ms Catherine Musakali said the theme has been selected due to recent developments including oil discoveries in Turkana and coal in Eastern provinces respectively.
She said many challenges have arisen due to poor governance. Standard Group’s Assistant Director Legal, Human Resource Services, Nelly Matheka is among key speakers expected to deliver speech on “Enhancing Governance, Ethical Practices, and Role of the Media”.