The Star (Nairobi)

22 February 2013

Kenya: Council Workers Will Retain Their Positions, Says PS Karega

The government has asked workers in Local Authorities to stop panicking over security of their jobs once the county governments take effect.

Permanent Secretary for Local Government Karega Mutahi said panic has gripped majority of workers and that some of them were rushing to apply fir transfers to their home counties.

"There shouldn't be such panic because everyone is protected by the constitution which even states that the councils can not employ more than three quarters of their workers from one community,"said the PS.

Karega was speaking at the Eldoret town hall yesterday during a stakeholders meeting that drew participants from the local authorities and business community in Uasin Gishu County on devolved government.

"Stay put in your work stations because things will be done systematically and no one would be victimized in any part of this country,"he said.

He dispelled fear and anxiety among employees working in local authorities that they would be fired once the devolved county government takes effect after March 4th General Election. The PS challenged voters to be careful while exercising their democratic rights of electing leaders.

"It is prudent for the voters to elect good governors who will take care of the their resources and ensure they are utilized in a transparent and accountable manner devoid of corruption,"he said.

Mutahi said the Transition Authority was already working on how to handle the expected changes and qualified officials have already been seconded to the counties to help during the transition period after the elections.

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