By Linet Minayo
When MCAs last week debated on the recent reshuffling of accountants by the executive from the treasury to the various departments of government the masses saw a ticking time bomb in the offing.
The second assembly in Kajiado, unlike the team that preceded it in the first assembly after devolution, is composed of polished brains and every time they raise an issue, obviously they are speaking for the masses.
The motion moved by nominated MCA Onesmus Ngogoyo on Wednesday under Standing Order 30(1) alleged that fifteen accountants were redeployed under unclear circumstances by the office of the County Secretary.
The motion which was admitted as urgent and of County importance by the Speaker, Johnson Osoi got supported by both government and opposition sides of the House.
Ngogoyo, nominated, sought leave that the house discusses the conduct of the County Secretary, Francis Ole Sakuda, and the manner in which he was carrying out the day today running of business.
Sakuda, whom we contacted by way of SMS to respond to accusations labeled on him by MCAs, did not respond.
MCA Ngogoyo had said in the assembly that the County Secretary had no role in redeployment of officers.
It has now emerged that the MCAs are piling pressure on the executive to implement a proposal made earlier by the county assembly select committee on appointments to retrain Sakuda at the School of Government on civil service procedures and how to manage the staff.
During Sakuda’s vetting by the committee, members had noted the nominee made a good impression on the networking skills as well as proficiency in proposal writing skills and proficiency in the office he had been nominated to.
The Committee noted from the record presented and from the hearing that the nominee had developed over time enormous exposure and that could be discerned from the display of confidence in the relevant aspects of the Office he had been nominated to.
“However, the Committee in discharging its mandate was keen enough to establish that the nominee from the record presented and from the hearings was not adequately exposed to mainstream government service and his profile was lacking in public managerial aspects,” a report of the committee during his vetting process indicates.
It goes on to say: “It is therefore highly recommended by the Committee that there is need to induct the nominee to mainstream Government and its workings preferably at the Kenya School of Government”.
FULL REPORT OF COUNTY ASSEMBLY SELECT COMMITTEE ON APPOINTMENTS REPORT ON THE NOMINATION TO THE POSITION OF COUNTY SECRETARY.
Mr. Speaker Sir, the County Governments Act provides for the establishment of the Office of the County Secretary for each County who shall be Secretary to the County Executive Committee.
Additionally, the County Governments Act stipulates that the County Secretary shall be competitively sourced from amongst persons who are university graduates with at least ten years’ experience in administration and management, shall be nominated from persons so competitively sourced by H.E. the Governor and with the approval of the County Assembly, appointed by the Governor.
The County Governments Act further provides that the County Assembly shall vet and approve nominees for appointment to County Public offices as may be provided for by this Act or any other law.
THE APPROVAL PROCESS
Mr. Speaker Sir, the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act requires that an appointment under the Constitution or any other law for which the approval of the County Assembly is required shall not be made unless the appointment is approved by the relevant County Assembly in accordance with this Act.
The Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act6 provides that an appointing authority shall, upon nominating a person for an appointment for which this Act applies, notify the relevant County Assembly.
The Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act requires that the notification be in writing and lodged with the Clerk of the County Assembly.
Upon this notification, the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act provides that the Speaker shall report the receipt of the notification to the County Assembly, following which the notification shall be committed to the relevant Committee of the County Assembly.
Following this notification, the Chairperson of the Committee under the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) shall determine the time and place for the holding of the approval hearing.
Such approval hearings shall be held in a public place and shall be conducted during working hours.
There is a further requirement under the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval)
Act for both the Clerk and the Committee to issue a notice in at least two newspapers of nationwide circulation notifying the candidate and the public of the time and place of holding an approval hearing.
Mr. Speaker, Sir it is in compliance with the above set of legal provisions that the Office of the Clerk acting as the principal and as an agent of the Committee on Appointments issued an advertisement in the Nation and Standard newspapers of Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 notifying the candidates and members of the public of the time and place for holding the approval hearings12.
Mr. Speaker Sir, as a final point, in considering the suitability of a nominee for appointment to the position of County Secretary, the Committee was informed by the dictates of the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act that requires that approval hearings shall focus on a candidate’s academic credentials, professional training and experience, personal integrity and background.
In keeping with the above provisions, H.E. The Governor notified the County Assembly of the nomination of the following person to the office of County Secretary;
- Nkitoria Ole Sakuda
Mr. Speaker Sir, the Committee undertook the hearings as provided under the law14 on the 17th October, 2017 as follows;
NKITORIA OLE SAKUDA
The nominee is a social scientist having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Anthropology from Moi University.
He had a further qualification in a Master of Arts in International Relations from United States International University.
It is apparent from this record that the nominee not only meets but exceeds the minimum academic threshold required under the law.
It was further noted by the Committee that the nominee had provided all the relevant clearances from the relevant statutory bodies and was therefore compliant with the provisions of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity.
It would be prudent to mention that the nominee had a wide range of experience in the Non – Governmental Organisations mainly dealing with matters related to public affairs.
Additionally, the nominee made a good impression to the Committee on the networking skills as well as proficiency in proposal writing skills and proficiency it is expected.
The Committee noted from the record presented and from the hearing that the nominee had developed over time enormous exposure and this could be discerned from the display of confidence in the relevant aspects of the Office he has been nominated to.
However, the Committee in discharging its mandate was keen enough to establish that the nominee from the record presented and from the hearings was not adequately exposed to mainstream government service and his profile was lacking in public managerial aspects.
It is therefore highly recommended by the Committee that there is need to induct the nominee to mainstream Government and its workings preferably at the Kenya School of Government.
Mr. Speaker sir, finally each Committee Member independently appraised the nominee applying the suitability test.
The nominee from this appraisal scored an aggregate of 77.8 per cent.
The Committee having taken into consideration all the aspects as discussed above and having been satisfied that the nominee meets the Constitutional, legal and experiential requirements returns a verdict of approval and recommends the nominee for appointment to the Office of County Secretary.
Mr. Speaker Sir, taken as a whole the committee makes the following resolutions:
- a) That the nominee is hereby approved for appointment to the Office of County Secretary dated this 17th Day of October, 2017.
- Hon. Johnson P. Osoi – Chairperson _____________________________
- Hon. Julius Teto Moipaai _____________________________
- Hon. Justus Kiles Ngossor _____________________________
- Hon. Samuel Somporuan Teum _____________________________
- Hon. Francis Kaindi Kaesha _____________________________
- Hon. Onesmus N. Ngogoyo _____________________________
- Hon. Winnie Sein Laanoi _____________________________
- Hon. Sandra Mario _____________________________
- Hon. Jacquelyn Nemaoi John _____________________________