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Kenya: Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) decentralize their offices to Counties

Posted by African Press International on May 3, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API-Kenya

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) has kicked off the decentralization process to counties to take services closer to the public in line with the constitution.

The CAJ chairman Commissioner Otiende Amollo said offices will be situated in the 47 counties a move he said will enhance service delivery to Kenyans.

Otiende said the commission appreciates the challenges faced by the public especially the limited knowledge about the Commission on Administrative Justice and the entitlements to demand prompt and quality service from public institutions.

According to chairman many Kenyans countrywide are in demand of their services owing to systemic weaknesses as well as behavioral aspects that have always barred a prompt and quality of service delivery in public sector.

“In the year 2012, the commission handled a total of 4,062 complaints. Out of this, 1,398 complaints and inquiries were resolved amicably,” Otiende said.

The statistics at the Ombudsman office shows that the majority of the complaints and inquiries received were against the ministry of lands at 11 percent, National Police Service at 10%, Judiciary and Provincial Administration at 8 % each with the State Law office at 5%.

The Ministry of Labour stood at 4%, with that of Finance and the City Council of Nairobi at 3% respectively.

According to the chairman, most of the complaints and inquiries were related to unresponsive official conduct, unlawful official conduct and abuse of power among others.

Speaking during the unveiling of a CAJ office branch in Kisumu City, Otiende called upon the residents from Western Kenya to make good use of the office to enhance proper service delivery.

“This office provides a unique opportunity to public to interact with the Commission and have their complaints addressed,” he stated.

He adds that Kisumu office will serve the counties in the Western Region until the commission establishes offices in each of the counties.

“The mechanism, currently in its pilot phase has facilitated effective access to the agencies’ services at devolved levels with a number of complaints being referred to the Commission for action,” Otiende explained.

He has assured the public of the commitment to deliver and urged all stakeholders to partner with the CAJ office for effective and efficient services.

 

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First Lady Obama: Hiring commitments

Posted by African Press International on May 3, 2013

By Valerie Jarrett, USA

First Lady Michelle Obama Makes a Veterans' Employment Announcement in the East Room, April 30, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a Joining Forces initiative employment announcement for veterans and military spouses, in the East Room of the White House, April 30, 2013. Stage participants included, from left, Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Two years ago, President Obama announced a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013.

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden all participated in a Joining Forces Employment event at the White House.

The First Lady announced that America’s businesses nearly tripled the goal set by President Obama and did so eight months early. The private sector has already hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses.

The First Lady also announced that American companies have committed to hire or train another 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

For example:

  • BNSF Railroad committed to hire 5,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years.
  • UPS committed to hire 25,000 in the next five years.
  • Home Depot committed to hire 55,000 in the next five years.
  • McDonald’s committed to hire 100,000 in the next three years.
  • Walmart committed to hiring any veteran that served honorably the year after they separate from the service.
  • Deloitte will double its veteran hiring over the next three years.
  • USAA pledged that 30% of its new hires will be a veteran or military spouse.
  • The Blackstone Group challenged each of the 50,000 managers at its affiliated businesses to hire at least one veteran.
  • AT&T committed to creating an online military talent exchange.
  • The International Franchising Association has helped more than 4,300 veterans own their own business since 2011.
  • The U.S Chamber of Commerce just held its 400th hiring fair since last March for veterans.

The First Lady also shared the stories of veterans who have successfully transitioned into second careers. For example, she shared the story of Staff Sergeant Shaun Murphy, an Army veteran who taught sixth grade special education in Delaware for Teach for America. Today, he leads TFA’s efforts to hire more veterans as teachers.  He said, “When you hang up those fatigues and put those boots away, you don’t want to feel like you’ve given up your sense of service.”

And Chryssy Johnson, who is an Army wife and mother. Her family moved around frequently because of her husband’s service, making it hard to keep a job. But USAA gave her an opportunity, and she is now senior financial foundations specialist pursuing her MBA.

With the Iraq war over and the war in Afghanistan drawing to a close, more than one million service members are projected to leave the military in the next several years and transition to civilian life.

Good civilian jobs not only help our veterans and military spouses manage this transition smoothly, but also demonstrate that our nation truly honors their service.

Even with all the wonderful announcements, it is clear there is more work to do. There is stil need every business that has not yet joined this effort to make a commitment to hire or train our veterans and military spouses. The country should serve the military families as well as they have served the country.

 
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USA: Goals for Veterans

Posted by African Press International on May 3, 2013

Thinking of the Veteran’s welfare

This Tuesday, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden all participated in a Joining Forces Employment event at the White House. The First Lady announced that America’s businesses nearly tripled the goal set by President Obama and have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses.

The President announced several new nominations. The President chose Penny Pritzker as the nominee for Secretary of Commerce and Mike Froman for U.S. Trade Representative. For director of the Federal Housing Finance Authority, Rep. Melvin Watt is the nominee, and for new Federal Communications Chair, Tom Wheeler. Learn more about the President’s nominees for FCC Chair and FHFA Director and for Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative.

Also on Tuesday, President Obama answered questions from reporters in the briefing room at the White House. He was asked about about Syria, the sequester, implementation of the Affordable Care Act .

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