Defence Principal Secretary Mr. Patrick Mariru has reiterated the commitment of the Ministry to have a robust Defence -Civilian Service Policy for the realization of an integrated workforce.

The PS said efforts are at advanced stages to have the Policy in place saying the team tasked with developing the document has adequately benchmarking locally and is exploring what other jurisdictions are doing.

Mr. Mariru made the remarks today at the Defence Headquarters when he opened a three-day workshop between the Ministry’s Heads of Department and officials from the Kenya United States Liaison Office (KUSLO).

The forum is a follow-up engagement between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the KUSLO teams on how to improve the document that is still in progress following a similar engagement in February 2023.

Mr. Mariru thanked the KUSLO team for walking with MoD to develop the document saying the collaboration shall enrich the document for posterity.

“We are happy for holding our hands in this noble venture. We are determined to have a situation where the military and the civilian component can work seamlessly to achieve the overall core mandate of the Ministry,” said the PS.

He maintained that the Cabinet Secretary and the entire leadership in the Ministry and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have made a deliberate commitment to facilitate the success of the process.

Dr. Lilian Nzavi, the Director of Human Resource Management and Development (HRM&D) who is the convener of the workshop said the Policy aims at attracting, retaining and boosting the morale of the civilian staff in the Ministry as well as establishing a clear career progression path.

Present during the meeting were the Senior Deputy Accountant General Ms Electina Wanyonyi, Director of Policy, Strategy and Planning Mr. Kennedy Okondo, Director of Supply Chain Services Mr. Peter Mwangi and the Head of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Mr. Kenneth Radull.

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