The Star (Nairobi)

6 October 2012

Kenya: Western District Commissioners Fear Loss of Jobs in Restructuring

DISTRICT Commissioners in Western province fear they may lose their jobs in the impending restructuring of the provincial administration.

They DCs said their morale is low and expressed displeasure with the way debate on devolution is being handled by politicians.

The administrators took issue with a report published in one of the local dailies that about 130,000 civil servants might lose their jobs.

"What is on the ground is chaotic and it is about time the Public Services ministry stepped in to clear the air," said Teso North DC Josephine Onunga.

The 32 DCs were speaking during the signing of their 2012/2013 performance contracting forms by PC James Serian in Kakamega on Thursday.

They said distortion of facts surrounding the devolution debate by politicians sends the wrong signal to the public.

Butere DC Joshua Chepchieng said the notion that only the provincial administration will be restructured is ill-informed.

"I think we allowed ourselves to interpret the system as a department and in the process played into the hands of the press and the public that the system is provincial administration," he stated.

Serian however assured the DCs that they will not lose their jobs. He admitted that their concerns are genuine.

Serian promised to raise the matter with relevant authorities and appealed to the DCs to remain diligent in their work.

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