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MP urges counties to use more money on devt than employing

22 January 2014, 14:02 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - County governments should use more than 60 percent of the money distributed to them by the national government for development purposes other than employing staffs, Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo has said.

Ottichilo noted that many counties are wasting a lot of money in paying their staffs that have pushed up the wage bill instead of concentrating on development.

“Money is here with us now. What we want to see is our leaders sitting down and initiating development projects and utilise the money that is lying idle in their bank accounts,” he said.

He spoke in a recent function at Vihiga High School, and urged the national government to put the officers at County government on toes for proper service delivery to the people.

He said that the major reason why Kenyans voted overwhelmingly for devolution was to create an avenue for counties to develop and not necessarily for employment purposes.

“Employment at the counties should not overrule the development that our people are yearning for. The leaders must open their eyes for development,” he said.  

Ottichilo said this even as Members of County Assembly in Vihiga have in the recent past criticised the area governor, Moses Akaranga for appointing sub-County and Ward administrators, saying that the governor was employing blindly.

However, the County Public Service Board chairperson Caroline Enane said that the County had only employed officers that are designated for constitutional offices that are mandatory.

“There is no way we will initiate developments at the grassroots level if we do not have structures on the ground. We must have people who will coordinate the County government’s activities at the grassroots level,” she said.

She said that the sub-County and ward administrators, and the human resource staff that the County had employed were instrumental and the County cannot operate properly without their services.

She also pointed out that with the introduction of ICT in handling the County affairs, it was paramount for the County offices to be staffed with relevant individuals who can handle it correctly.

She said that the counties were struggling to absorb the officers of the defunct municipal and County councils whom they have not yet established whether they will fit in the offices that have been created.

“The Governors Council should work towards harmonising the wage Bill so that we can have uniformity across the counties,” she said.

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