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History

  • The Commission dates back to 1954 when Civil Service Commission was established by British Colonial Government following Holmes Commission Report, 1948;
  • Civil Service Commission was advisory to the Governor in matters of appointments;
  • At independence in 1963 it was enshrined in the constitution and renamed Public Service Commission;
  • Independence Constitution had Regional PSC’s but abolished in 1964 following constitutional amendments;
  • It is the oldest Constitutional Commission and its mandate has expanded over the years.
  • The Commission then constituted of a chairman, a deputy chairman and fifteen members all appointed by the President.
  • The Commission, since then, has handled matters of human resource management in the public service especially the civil service and local authorities.
  • Constitution of Kenya, 2010 promulgated on 27th August 2010 reconstituted the Commission with a redefined and expanded mandate and a lean membership.

MANDATE

Article 234 of the Constitution outlines the functions and powers of the Public Service Commission. According to the article the Commission is expected to;

  • Establish and abolish office in the public service;
  • Appoint persons to hold or act in public offices, and to confirm appointments;
  • Exercise disciplinary control over and remove persons holding or acting in those offices;
  • Promote the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 throughout the public service;
  • Investigate, monitor and evaluate the organization, administration and personnel practices of the public service;
  • Ensure that the public service is efficient and effective;
  • Develop human resources in the public service;
  • Review and make recommendations to the national government in respect ofconditions of service, code of conduct and qualifications of officers in the public service;
  • Evaluate and report to the President and Parliament on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 are complied with in the public service;
  • Hear and determine appeals in respect of county governments’ public service; and
  • Perform any other functions and exercise any other powers conferred by national legislation.

The Constitution further bestows upon the Commission other functions which include the following:

  • Nominating persons to the Judicial Service Commission and Salaries Remuneration Commission under Articles 171(2) and 230(2){b} respectively;
  • Recommending persons to be appointed as Principal Secretaries under Article 155 (2) (a); and
  • Receiving petitions for the removal of the Director of Public Prosecutions and recommending appointment of a tribunal to investigate the complaints under Article 158(2) (3) and (4).

Mission

To transform the public service to become professional, efficient and effective for the realization of national development goals.

Vision

To be the lead service commission in the provision, management and development of competent human resource in the Public Service.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Team Spirit
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Creativity and Continual Improvement
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