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Tight training plan for Kenya governors after taking oath

hallThe final phase of the transition to devolved governments takes place Wednesday with the swearing-in of 47 governors who will be the chief executives of counties.

The vows will be presided over by High Court judges appointed by the Transition Authority from 10am at designated municipal, county and city grounds to allow the public witness the historic occasion.

In Nairobi, governor-elect Evans Kidero will take the oath of office at Uhuru Park grounds while Mombasa counterpart Hassan Joho will be sworn in at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) grounds.

The authority Tuesday invited leaders in charge of county governments to an induction workshop at the Great Rift Valley Lodge, Naivasha next week.
During the induction governors and their deputies will be trained on their new roles.

County assembly speakers and their deputies, interim county secretaries, clerks and transition co-ordinators are among the top officers to be trained.

It is expected that the bulk of training covering legislation and structure of the devolved system, the interface between counties and the national government, the role of county executive committees as well as county assemblies, will focus on the roles of each office.

Debate is raging on the role of the county officers and where their national office counterparts. Top of the list is the place of the Provincial Administration and the reporting structures as well as the understanding of the dockets.

Governors are expected to settle down quickly and appoint the executive committees which will help them in running the counties. The appointees, however, will require approval by county assembly members.

The committee has the exclusive mandate to implement legislation, manage and co-ordinate functions and enforce national laws.

The Constitution caps the number of members of the executive committees to a third of the members of the county assembly.

“The county executive committee shall not exceed 10, if the assembly has 30 or more members,” says Article 179 (3) (b) of the supreme law.

The governors are also required to recruit town, municipal and city managers to run the affairs of the defunct 175 local authorities. These managers will be answerable to a board of 11 members who the governor will appoint, subject to approval by the county assemblies.

This means that the County Public Service board, which is the employer, is one of the organs that should be in place immediately to set the ball rolling by hiring and deploying managers and members of the boards.-Business Daily

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