KISII Senator Chris Obure has asked the county government to balance employment opportunities to avoid complaints. Obure on Tuesday asked Governor James Ongwae to ensure proper distribution of development projects in all regions to also avoid queries.
Speaking outside the county headquarters after receiving 10 ambulances donated by the Kenya Red Cross in partnership with the county government, he said there should be no marginalisation in service delivery."I am asking the county government to ensure there is regional balance in employment and development," Obure said.
"Every region should be considered when giving services. The people have high expectations from the devolved system and everybody should benefit."
Obure's remarks come amid claims from some quarters that the employment to the county government is skewed. He said the county government should put proper structures aimed at reducing poverty among the residents.
Obure said that even though the funds allocated to the counties are not enough, the little should be well utilised. "It is not the amount of money allocated to counties that will bring change but how it is utilised," he said. Obure said the Senate has agreed with the national government to have money to the counties released every month.
Ongwae said the county public service board has been advertising for employment opportunities and dismissed claims that the employment to his government is skewed.
"No employment has been done without placing an advertisement. The county public service board has shortlisted candidates who applied in various positions for interviews," Ongwae said.
Kisii University vice chancellor John Akama urged elected leaders to work closely with the county government for the sake of development.
"It is time for the leaders to work together irrespective of their political affiliations. If they fail to do so then they will be accountable for any mess," Akama said.
The function was attended by Kisii deputy county commissioner Phillip Soi, Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, women's representative Mary Otara and county assembly speaker Kerosi Ondieki.