The Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) is developing curricular guidelines that will enhance Governance and Integrity training. The guidelines will also help to promote and facilitate the development, resource mobilization and implementation of governance and integrity programs and projects in public and private institutions.
Speaking during a courtesy call on acting PSC Chairperson Amb. Peter ole Nkuraiyia at Commission House on 5th March 2018, ICPSK Chairperson Julius Mwatu said that his organization has initiated various programmes that aim to enhance governance in state agencies. He cited the Champions Awards Scheme, Mwongozo Code, Code of Governance in the private sector, Code of Governance in the NGO sector, and enhancing Governance Audits in institutions as some of the initiatives that his association has made to promote good governance.
Mr Mwatu called for increased collaboration between his association and the Commission in order to enhance Human Resource Development and Management.
“Both Public Service Commission and ICPSK have had good working ties having expanded the relationship in the fields of Governance, Ethics and Compliance,” said Mr Mwatu.
He urged the Commission to come up with a standard recruitment procedure manual for Company Secretaries in both National and County Governments that will guide the recruitment of Governance, Ethics and Compliance officials as well as development of their respective schemes of service and grading structure.
Amb Nkuraiyia emphasized that the development of the Governance and ethics sector is of strategic significance as it is enshrined in the current constitutional dispensation.
He reiterated the need to strengthen areas of collaboration between the Commission and ICPSK including broadening the scope of governance and management in the public sector, prudent financial management and development of policies that will govern the public entities.
He assured the ICPSK team that the commission will deliberate on their proposals for collaboration and also develop an action plan for future engagements noting that governance and integrity issues fall under the PSC mandate of promotion of values and principles of public service.
Also present was commissioners Catherine Omweno and Veronica Birgen, CEO Dr Alice Otwala, Deputy Commission Secretary Jane Chege, senior management officers and officials of ICPSK.