The Principles of Leadership and Ethics in Kenya. In the course of carrying out their work, the state officers are required to be objective and impartial while making decisions; their decisions should not be influenced by nepotism, favouritism and any improper motives or corrupted practices.
The Constitution provides that every citizen has a right to access information held by the State or another person. The State is required to publish and make public any important information affecting the country. This means the members of public can hold the state officers accountable given they will be able to demand for information, also members of public can detect corruption or improper motives by state officers once they have proper and accurate information in their hands.
The State officers are also required to service the people selflessly. The selfless service is demonstrated by:
- Honesty in carrying out their duties;
- Declaration of any public interest that may conflict with public duties;
- Accountability to the public for their decisions and actions; and
- Discipline and commitment in service to the people.
Reflection – What are some circumstances that the decisions by State officers may be influenced by nepotism, favouritism, improper motives or corrupt practices? – How can you promote selfless State officers in your community?
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