Kairuki urges permanent secretaries to cultivate integrity

15Mar 2016
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
Kairuki urges permanent secretaries to cultivate integrity

PERMANENT Secretaries (PSs) and their deputies have been urged to use their professionalism and positions to supervise their subordinates and reprimand them on wrongdoing, including favouritism and discrimination in providing services.

Angela Kairuki

Minister of State in the President's Office (Public Service Management and Good Governance), Angela Kairuki, made the call in Dar es Salaam on Sunday during the opening of training on ethics for public servants under permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries.

She said ensuring integrity and maintaining the code of conduct among people was a hard task with many challenges, thus it needed cooperation to reduce destruction of ethics.

“You will agree with me that destruction of ethic is not a problem among public servants only, but it has penetrated into different areas in our society. As a result, it’s important to utilise this training on how to combat such destruction and cooperate to maintain ethics,” she noted.

She said implementation of laws was a sign of good ethics and called upon all members of the community to cooperate in building ethics, starting at the family level up to the national level.

Kairuki stressed the importance of filling the integrity pledge document, saying it provided guidelines for PSs on self evaluation and self assessment as a way of building the culture of respecting ethics.

Chief Secretary Ambassador John Kijazi reminded public servants to work under the guidance of the integrity pledge document which they signed soon after being sworn in as Permanent Secretaries.

“Let the integrity pledge document be your direction and guidance in implementing your duties,” he said.

He said the government would continue to take action against public leaders who abused their positions for their personal interests, including owning properties illegally.

The Chief Secretary said the government was ready to make laws or amend existing ones to plug loopholes which were causing weaknesses.

Recently, President John Magufuli forced the newly appointed PSs in his government to sign an integrity commitment warrant before leaving the State House where the function took place.

“If there is anyone who feels that they cannot work under the integrity commitment, they should excuse themselves and vacate the State House premises right now,” said Magufuli on the podium immediately after swearing in the new executives.