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Oparanya calls for the abolition of sub-locations

18 September 2013, 19:00 Sam Kinyua

Kakamega - Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has called for the abolition of sub- locations saying locations should be the lowest level of County administration in order to streamline government operations and public service.

Kakamega County, which is also the largest rural County, is faced with the unprecedented challenge of filling the numerous vacant positions in the County administration as set out in the County Governments Act.

According to Oparanya, creating too many administrative structures would prove very costly to the County government.

“In Kakamega, we have over 300 sub - locations and 123 locations. We must consider how much we are going to spend paying people if the administrators are appointed at sub - location level,” said Oparanya.

The governor was speaking during a workshop on public service that was convened by delegates from Busia, Bungoma and Kakamega Counties in Kakamega town.

Oparanya told the various heads of public service that it was important to balance recurrent expenditures and development expenditures. He challenged the leadership of Counties in Western Kenya to seek common ground in coming up with structures in the respective governments.

He added that it would be unsustainable to appoint 300 village administrators and members of the village councils comprising not less than three people.

The administrators shall be appointed by the County Public Service Board and will be answerable to the relevant Ward administrators.

The County Government Act stipulates that not less than three and not more than five village elders be competitively appointed by the village administrators with the approval of the County assembly, taking into account gender balance. This would form the village council at the village level.

Oparanya however faulted the law over the vetting processes.

“The law was passed with requirements that village administrators have to be approved by the County assembly. Why have they to be approved by the County assembly and not the sub - County and  Ward administrators? It is going to pose a big challenge,” he observed.

The government of Kakamega has already began the process of recruiting sub - County administrators with Ward and village administrators being the next in line according to procedures.

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