ASSEMBLY APPROVES 3 NOMINEES TO HEAD TOP COUNTY DEPARTMENTS

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Members of Kakamega County Assembly (MCAs) has approved names of nominees to the positions of Secretary/CEO to the County Public Service Board (CPSB), Chief Officer to the Ministry of Public Service and Chief Officer County Treasury respectively.
Mrs. Catherine Gathoni Otenyo was approved for the position of Secretary/CEO to the Board.
The report to hire Mrs. Otenyo was proposed by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Leonard Kasaya Soita and seconded by the Acting chairperson to the committee on Appointment, Hon. Phaustine Werimo.
Presenting the report, Hon. Kasaya told the House that Mrs. Otenyo had satisfied the committee on Appointment in all aspects and that she was suitable for the position.
While seconding the report, Hon. Werimo said that the nominee’s working  experience was impressive and that no single memorandum had been received challenging her nomination.
Prior to her nomination, Mrs. Otenyo was the Accountant-in-charge of Reconciliation of the County Revenue at Nakuru County Government.
A part-time lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, she has worked before as Head of Accounting Unit at Nakuru County Public Service Board where she occasionally deputized the Secretary to the Board.
More so, she worked in the defunct Municipal Council of Nakuru in various capacities.
Regarding her Education, Mrs. Otenyo holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Investment from Kenya Methodist University, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance & Accounting option) from the same institution with a range of government trainings in various courses.
She is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
In support of the report, Hon. Kennedy Kilwake said the nominee with her highly specialised courses comes on board with high experience will enrich the County Board in public service delivery.
Others who supported the report were the Leader of Minority, Hon. John Ngome, chairperson of the committee on Budget and Appropriations, Hon. Willis Opuka among others.
The nominee to the position of Chief Officer in the Ministry of Public Service and County Administration, Dr. Dominic Chungani Muteshi was also approved by the House.
The proposal for his  approval was moved by the chairperson to the committee on Public Service and Administration, Hon. Bonface Osanga and seconded by Hon. Jason Lutomia.
The House unanimously approved the nominee on the basis that he exhibited knowledge and experience in human resource management having served in various capacities as a human resource personnel in both private and public sectors.
Dr. Muteshi has been in the acting capacity in the same docket since April, 2018.
The report on the nominee for the position of Chief Officer in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning is yet to be tabled in the House for deliberations.
NOMINEE FOR THE POSITION  OF CHIEF OFFICER, FINANCE APPROVED
Meanwhile Ambassador James Ochami was also approved by the County Assembly of Kakamega to the position of Chief Officer in charge of Finance in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
Report on vetting of the nominee was tabled in the House  by the chairperson to the committee on the Finance and Economic Planning Hon. David Ikunza.
After presenting the report, Hon. Ikunza moved a motion for its debate.
He told the House that the committee vetted the nominee with guidelines provided in Section 8 of the Public Appointments (County Assemblies Approval) Act, 2017.
Hon. Ikunza, further said that no petition had been received to challenge nominee’s appointment.
The committee observed that, Dr. Ochami has a vast experience working in both private and public sectors and largely in professional bodies such as the Straus Energy, Bible Society  of Kenya, Finance Board of National Council of Churches of Kenya, Board of Nzoia Staff Pension and Trust among others.
“He has a deep understanding of his roles and duties with vast knowledge in finance matters,  leadership and integrity, work history, knowledge of the Constitution of Kenya 2010,” said Hon. Ikunza.
Having found him with these merits the committee has considered him suitable for the job and awarded him 82 out of 100 Mark’s,” he added.
The motion mover was seconded by his vice-chairperson, Hon. Philip Maina who urged members to ensure that the nominee delivers upon assuming office .
With his vast knowledge in matters finance, he needs to learn very fast how county treasury runs because it cuts across all departments. We therefore need to accord him maximum cooperation,” said Hon. Maina.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Hon. Jacky Okanya who said that having served in various professional bodies, it was a clear indication that the nominee would add value in the managemt of public resources at the county treasury.
Ambassador Ochami has been the acting Chief Officer Finance for two months since May, 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer in the Delivery Unit since February, 2018 to May, 2020.
He has been Kenya’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and the Republic of Gabon.
Other members who supported the motion were; Hon. Bonface Osanga, Hon. Sarah Watsula, Hon. Lilian Osiema among others.
The three officials now await Governor’s formal appointments.
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