25 January 2013

Kenya: Transition Authority Picks County Offices

The Transition Authority has picked departments to operate at county level after the March 4 General Election. Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi yesterday said positions of county assembly clerks, sergeants-at-arms, their assistants, and Hansard have been created on interim basis.

At the Executive level, the positions of county secretary, who is the head of public service , chief treasurer and chief officers to man different departments such as human resource, had been created.

"All these need to be in place before the governor comes to ensure full complimentary organizations at the county level," said Wamwangi.

The positions are interim as the governors will have a free hand to choose their staff if they wish. The holders of the interim positions will be trained at the Kenya School of Government at the Parliamentary Training Centre.

"If governors find them fit and suitable for their purposes, they will keep them. They will be offered permanent terms by county assembly boards or the county service boards.

"If the governor decides that they want to have a different arrangement, they will advise us and those people will be redeployed to where they came from," said Wamwangi.

Wamwangi was speaking at Pangoni beach hotel in Mombasa on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting to discuss how the new national and county government will operate.

The executive guidelines, spearheaded by TA and the Constitution Implementation Commission, are meant to help the president or governor understand the process of appointing cabinet secretaries, creation of ministries or other departments.

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