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Huduma centres win UN award

Embattled Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru found some comfort away from home after she was presented with the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) for public service excellence.

Ms Waiguru was feted in Colombia in relation to the Huduma Kenya Programme, which was declared this year’s winner for improving delivery of public services.

The programme emerged best in the competition that had more 800 submissions with 528 entries in this category, of which 59 were from Africa.

Mr Lenni Montiel, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, presented the award at a function held in Medellin, Colombia.

Last month, the programme won the African Gold Award on Innovative Management from the Association of African Public Administration and Management.

ONE-STOP-SHOP

In 2014, the programme won Best Customer Service, presented by the Institute of Customer Service Kenya and Best Use of ICT in the Public Sector, by the ICT Association of Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had, in an earlier statement, said that his Government was committed to serving Kenyans and the one-stop-shop approach to public service delivery adopted by the programme will help achieve that goal.

The presidency has been steering the programme through the Ministry of Devolution and Planning and chairs the Huduma Kenya Service Delivery Summit.

Mrs Waiguru has lately been in the limelight locally following claims that over Sh800 million meant for the National Youth Service projects was targeted for embezzlement.

The opposition is calling for her resignation to pave way for investigations.