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Governors to take office without official residence

15 March 2013, 16:39James Kabotia

Governors’ elects and their deputies countrywide to be sworn in next week on Wednesday will be occupying temporary offices and residential houses, Commission on implementation of constitution has said.

This has come after concerns were raised over where the governors and their deputies will be residing as well as conduct their official duties.

Speaking to the media in Nyeri during a county stakeholders meeting on Thursday, a commissioner with Transition Authority Kamotho Waiganjo clarified that the Transitional Authority has no mandate to decide on the best premises to serve as offices and residence.

The stakeholders included legal staffs, county and municipal council officials, teachers, District commissioners among others.

He said that this will only come after the County governments officially take office and it will be upon the County assemblies to decide on the best structures to be used for the two important purposes saying that what is available at the moment is temporary.

“The needs for a county government in terms of residence of a governor might differ from one county to another and that is why this has been left for the counties to decide,” Waiganjo said.

However, the commissioner said that though some of the roles such as employment of staffs at the county level will be left to the devolved governments, there will be an overall body to oversee it.

Waiganjo said that the body which will be known as County Public Service Board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the County Assembly, will ensure that those employed are qualified and competent.

He said that the board will play equal roles with the Public Service Commission and will be expected to transact its mandate with lots of transparency.

He added that this will make it possible to keep politics away from employment and also control the number of staff in a particular county.

“The law prohibits a bloated number of staffs at county level that can spend more than 70 percent of the total revenues on salaries and we therefore believe that this board will respect this law,”  he said.

CIC plans to tour the 47 counties in the country to identify specific challenges that are being faced during this transition period.

 
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