POOR SERVICE: Mary Kamau applied for her electricity meter separation at Kenya Power’s Murang’a branch office in June and has followed up since then, without much success. She has been given all manner of reasons, ranging from a shortage of staff to do quotations to technological hitches. But after numerous visits, she has noted low staff morale, “with a majority on their phones for a whole hour as customers wait”. It took her an hour on September 11 as the computer could not open and she gave up. And she has never forgotten that the utility has a service delivery charter. Her contact is [email protected]
ADVERT: Disagreeing with David Kisae’s interpretation of the yoghurt TV advert, E. Momanyi Ndemo says that instead of being demeaning of the traffic police, as he put it, the officer, in fact, comes through as diligent at his duty. “The good policeman, in the spirit of Utumishi kwa wote (service to all), stops the car, only for him to see the girl in the car wanted a break to enjoy her yoghurt, which the policeman also gladly accepts. It is entertaining, and suspense keeps you glued.” His contact is [email protected]
REFRESHMENT: There is nothing wrong with offering an overworked policeman a drink of yoghurt to refresh himself while on duty, says Nakuru resident Maiko Sunzuki, also reacting to Kisae’s wrong bribery interpretation. He adds: “The girl’s prank with the placard calling for help made the officer flag down the vehicle and she was able to enjoy her drink. But police are also human and should be treated as so instead of always seeing their bad side, as Kisae did. I love the excitement the advert generates whenever it’s aired.” His contact is [email protected]
HANDICAP: Tiger Woods had almost been forgotten in the game of golf “but with determination and practice, he is back with a bang,” remarks university don XN Iraki in response to his recent remarkable victory in the US, the first in five years. A golfer himself, he poses: “Can our young men and women, much younger than Tiger at 42, be that determined to overcome life’s adversities? It does not matter if the adversities are self-inflicted or external. And in whispers, I believe that with the Tiger effect I can also improve on my handicap 12.” His contact is [email protected]
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Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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