Annual civil society awards created by the National Civil Society Congress has just honored the current Director of Public Prosecutions of Kenya, Keriako Tobiko with an award. The barrister was awarded as an exceptional public servant for introducing and promoting reforms at his institution. He was nominated alongside seven other dignitaries.
While addressing the attendees at the award Gala which took place at a Nairobi Hotel, Suba Churchill, the National Civil Society Congress Coordinator mentioned that it was impressive realizing that almost all the Kenyans who participated in the process of picking out the outstanding public servant with the best service were well pleased with the service delivery of the Office of the DPP and ascertained that it was indeed unsurpassable in service delivery.
He went on to detail out the award saying that the award was initiated to praise and acknowledge any public officer who performs incredibly wonderful through their leadership. And the requirements that qualify a person to be shortlisted as one of the outstanding public officers include great improvement and making a very deep impact on the public. Amazingly, Mr Tobiko and the institution he leads met the requirements for entry to compete for one of the top prominent awards in the country.
He further detailed how the congress got their final result that led to naming Tobiko the best. According to him the congress urged members of the public to vote for their most worthy candidates online and a physical survey of more than duration of three months which the process lasted was put in sampled counties, that were rated as exceptional.
Even though a lot of names were brought in focus, the panel reduced it to seven of those who had the most considerations. Based on his statement, they arrived at an objective decision following painstaking evaluation of the stages that the officers and their institutions have reached within their individual constitutional mandates.
The parameters used to pick out the winner, based on the organizers, include the extent of professionalization, creativity and growth of offices to the counties. The automation of services as well as social media presence were counted.
According to organizers, they considered also an institution that desires a new and valuable way of carrying out things, one that has created a means of receiving an effective complaint from the public. Of course such type of medium allows the public to contribute meaningfully to help top public servants know the most necessary work to be done using the reasonable complaints received. According to Churchill, the Office of the DPP statisfied the panelists,”.
Other nominees listed include; Agnes Odhiambo (Controller of Budget), Charles Nyachae (Constitutional Implementation Commission Chairman), Edward Ouko (Auditor General), Attorney General Githu Muigai, Ombudsman Otiende Amollo and chairperson of Salaries Remuneration Commission Sarah Serem.
The remarkable winner Tobiko assured the public of his loyalty and steady delivery of improved service. In his words,
I am honored to receive this award. It is not a personal award because I don’t work alone. I dedicate to my colleagues. It belongs to all the rank and files in my office,” said Mr Tobiko.
The Director of Public Prosecutions urged the civil societies to always lead in shielding independent institutions and holders of constitutional offices, stating they are being attacked almost everyday from politicians and people who feel resentful with their service.