President William Ruto has said excellent performance by public servants must be encouraged and rewarded.

He said the culture of suppressing high performance is primitive and has no place in any democracy.

The President noted that a commitment to go the extra mile will ensure effective delivery of services to Kenyans.

“We must motivate, reinforce and support high performance,” he said.

He was speaking on Tuesday during the release of the Evaluation of the Performance of Ministries, State corporations and Tertiary Institutions Report for 2021/2022.

The President noted that the Government was committed to institutionalising performance management so that “we can experience considerable improvement in public service delivery”.

He added that the institutionalisation of performance management in government will be further anchored in a policy framework.

To promote efficiency, promptness and transparency, the Head of State said progress is being made in developing the government online performance contracting information system.

He observed that the Government will ensure completion of viable, budgeted for and already commenced projects.

“This will be done before we embark on new ones.”

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Cabinet and Principal Secretaries among other public servants attended the ceremony.

Mr Gachagua said a vibrant and motivated public service was key to delivery of services.

“A vibrant and motivated public service is good for the prosperity of the country,” said Mr Gachagua.

Mr Mudavadi said strengthening devolution was part of efforts to ensure efficient service delivery.

He said it was the duty of public servants to facilitate the implementation of government programmes.

-PCS