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Voters urged to read constitution ahead of polls

03 March 2013, 09:35 Wangui Joseph

Transition Authority Commissioner Okero Otieno has asked voters to read the constitution and understand roles and functions outlined for the County assembly and governor ahead of polls.

Okero said governor will be responsible for management of resources but has no mandate to give jobs to people he prefers.

He dismissed some job advertisements posted in print media by governor aspirants terming them as misleading.

Speaking at the provincial headquarters in Nyeri, Okero said the aspirants are over ambitious.

“All vacancies will be open and competitive and have to be advertised. There will be a vetting body for all public officials. Do not be cheated,” Okero warned.

He also pleaded with voters to elect people of high integrity who can serve the community efficiently not based on political theses.

The richer the county, the higher the salaries

However, Okero pointed out that the richer the county the higher amounts of salaries it will attract to its employees.

“County government employees will not have equal earnings across the country. It will depend with the tax collected and resources available,” said Okelo.

He also noted that disabled and minority groups have to be considered according to the one-third rule as stipulated in the constitution.

However, 30 per cent of all opportunities will be given to people from other areas of the country.

This is in bid to avoid nepotism, tribalism, ethnicity or racism in public offices.

The commissioner also speculated conflict between national and county governments but said the commission has mechanisms to mediate and solve them.

“Some people will dismiss need for devolved system and prefer the national government which will be determined by various factors. Other counties will also move faster in development than others depending on resources available currently,” he said.

The commission has stipulated a maximum of three years for the devolved governments to have fully put public officers in place.

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