The Jubilee government has been cleverly using the services of civil servants as a strategy of evaluating its performance on the ground.
County commissioners, their deputies, assistant county commissioners, chiefs and assistant chiefs have been working for a government performance and coordination review whose results will help shape Jubilee’s 2017 election strategy.
The civil servants have been gathering data to help the government measure perception of its successes and identify problems it can quickly address in various parts of the country.
“We are not leaving anything to chance. There are reports of growing apathy among Jubilee supporters and we must uproot this before the elections…we need to know what the people want to hear. A re-election is very different and we cannot run it the same way we did in the last election,” a source privy to the details revealed to The Star.
The findings from the ground are expected to be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy in early December.
Apart from the concern of voter apathy in the Jubilee strongholds, the government officials will also review the perceptions held by Kenyans in the Opposition strongholds.
The risk of pre or post-election violence will also be measured to enable the Interior Ministry enhance peace and stability during the elections.
Kenyans.co.ke established that under Kenyan law, civil servants are required to be apolitical. However, they are also required to provide service to the government of the day in as far as the implementation of its manifesto is concerned.
“County commissioners and others in that structure must measure the performance of government. I would be very worried if they are not doing so. A government implements a party’s manifesto. Only the party leaves once a new one takes over, but the structures remain,” Jubilee nominated MP Johnson Sakaja stated while explaining the issue.