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Akaranga says counties should continue hiring

08 January 2014, 11:12 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County governor, Moses Akaranga, has said that the counties will continue hiring staff to various positions, even as Transition Authority Chairman, Kinuthia Wamwangi, released a statement halting the process a few weeks ago.

Akaranga said that the Transition Chairperson was standing in the way of devolution and was acting as if to stall the services in the counties, having no clear policies to guide governors through a smooth process of transition.

“We will continue hiring the staffs that are supposed to take over the various positions in the County government. If anything, we don’t report to the Transition Authority, and thus they are not our bosses. They should only stand on the sidelines and guide where necessary,” Akaranga said.

He spoke to journalists on Monday in his office, after he released the lists of the five sub-County administrators and their deputies. 

Akaranga said that it was mandatory for the counties to have the necessary staff in place so that they can facilitate devolution at its best.

“If the Transition Authority says that we are not supposed to hire staffs, do they want to come and work in the counties since they have already showing intention to withdraw their interim staffs?” he posed.

He said that he was going to hire more staffs in the coming days with a list of the ward administrators being in the offing.

At the same time, Akaranga sent a stern warning to the County staffs over poor performance, saying that they will be subjected to contracting and that those who do not prove their worth will be relieved off their duties.

“The County government is dedicated towards performance, and those who are not going to perform will find it difficult to work under close supervisions by the governors,” he cautioned.

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