28 December 2012

Kenya: PM Disowns List of PSC Nominees

Efforts to reconstitute the Public Service Commission yesterday suffered a setback when it emerged that the Office of the Prime minister was not involved in the nomination process.

The joint committee on Labour and Social Welfare and Administration National Security failed to table its report on the nominees as ordered by the Speaker last week arguing that Office of the Prime Minister had disowned the list.

The list was presented to Parliament by the Office of the President through the Head of the Public Service Francis Kimemia.

Nyakach MP Pollyns Ochieng, who sits on the two committees, told the House the committee requires more time to vet the nominees and table its report.

"There are new developments on this matter from the Office of the Prime Minister that concurrence was not sought over the nominees and we are requesting for two more weeks (to verify the validity of the OPM's letter)," said Ochieng'.

However Speaker Kenneth Marende gave the committee a week. Kimemia wrote to the National Assembly in a letter dated December 18 saying President Kibaki after consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga had nominated the nine individuals to serve in the PSC.

Last Thursday, Marende directed the committee to vet the nominees and table its report by yesterday for approval by the House.

The PSC is being reconstituted in line with the new constitution as part of the reforms in the public sector. The commission is constitutionally required to recruit and manage human resources in the public service.

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