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No worker will be intimidated, Kidero assures

02 September 2014, 10:56 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Nairobi Governor, Dr Evans Kidero on Monday said that the Biometric Data Capture exercise will help in identifying the current and future skills and competencies required in public service.

Speaking at Charter Hall when he launched the registration exercise by registering as Nairobi county public servant number one, Kidero said the exercise will check the excesses and deficits to facilitate redeployment, transfers and separation of duties where necessary.

He said the exercise will also help in cleansing the payroll and identify any ghost workers.

Kidero also added that the exercise will be undertaken with utmost professionalism and will not be used to victimize anyone.

"Terms and conditions of service for employees will remain the same unless the existing skills call for re-designation leading to change in one’s terms and conditions of service. The constitution provides that no public officers should be disadvantaged,” he said.

Deputy Governor, Jonathan Mueke said the aim of the exercise is to ensure that public sevants are active, gender balanced as the constitution requires, and meet the education and experience threshold.

He also said the exercise will help to digitize the public servants' data so that it can be readily available when needed.

Transition Authority Chaiman, Kinuthia wa Mwangi who was present said the exercise is not about cutting jobs but identifying where people may be redeployed so that the gaps can be filled to create best performance at both levels of the government hence spurring economic growth and development.

“It can only make sense if there is stable public service in both governments, something the Biometric Data Capture exercise is meant to sort,” he noted.

The program is a joint initiative of the National government and the County governments and its aim is to ensure that the government functions are properly structured and staffed to facilitate transformation of the public service for efficient and effective service delivery.

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