The Star (Nairobi)

10 December 2012

Kenya: County Council Staff Told Their Jobs Are Safe

County council employees have been told by the government not to panic over job losses as the devolved governments' takes effect from next year. The PS in the ministry of state for public service, Titus Ndambuki said county council employees will be automatically absorbed by the county governments.

'County public service boards will carry out staff audits and those found with bloated work forces will be distributed to other counties. The PS said.

He added that the program will be fully implemented in the next three years while employees of the national government will be seconded to the counties to handle specific tasks.

Ndambuki was speaking at Scott theological university in Machakos town after opening the Machakos county medium term plan (2013-17) consultation forum.

He added that nurses employed under contract in the economic stimulus program (ESP) will be soon absorbed by the public service on permanent and pensionable terms.

' All ESPs will be put under government funding provisions as the economy is now getting better with a projected 10% growth next year' the PS said.

He added that the government was on track as far as vision 2030 was concerned with major infrastructure development projects on schedule.

The Machakos county development and planning officer, Stella Miriti told the forum that 62% of Machakos county residents were living below the poverty line. She added that 37% of children below 5 years in the county were suffering from stunted growth as a result of poor nutrition.

The forum was attended by a cross section of professionals and opinion leaders from the county led by Kioko wa Luka,a former economist with the world bank who expressed concern over stalled projects in the county and vandalism that was retarding development.

He mentioned a case in point as the Kangundo-Nairobi road which after undergoing rehabilitation, youths were digging it up and filling soil and demanding money from motorists plying the highway.

The forum was told it was the provincial administration's responsibility to check on vandals with a view of having them prosecuted to curb the menace.

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