Kakamega County Assembly has approved names of the nominees for positions of Chairperson and members of the Kakamega County Government Public Service Board (CPSB) after a rigorous vetting.
The Board comprises of Six members including the Chairperson. They will serve for a term of Six years in accordance with the provisions of law. The term of the outgoing Board has expired.
Last week,the appointments committee, chaired by the Speaker, Hon. Morris Buluma, vetted the top county officers and retreated for report writing.
The report on the vetting was on Tuesday tabled in the House for deliberation and after a lengthy debate, members adopted recommendations by the committee approving all the nominees.
Hon.Willis Opuka, a member of the committee seconded the report, which was tabled by Committee’s acting chair, Hon. Phaustine Werimo saying all legal procedures were adhered to by both the Executive and legislative arms.
He added that the governor adhered to the rule of law by considering regional balance.
Hon.Opuka applauded the nominees for convincing the panel and assured Kakamega residents that the new board comprised of qualified personnel that would bring good working relationship in the County.
His sentiments were echoed by Sango Ward MCA, Hon. Kennedy Kilwake who said that the nominees had different academic backgrounds that would enrich the new board with new ideas and make it go a notch higher in matters human resource in the County.
Isukha South MCA, Hon. Farouk Machanje backed the reported but urged the nominees to resign from their current office positions once they assume their new office as board members.
Majority of the MCAs supported the report saying the nominees were highly qualified and that they have vast experiences in running public offices. The county legislators also said the governor observed the gender rule in his nomination.
The nominees are : Catherine Raini Omweno (Chairperson); Members are : John Ambrose Wanyama, Stanely Amwai Were, Joel Omukoko Anyera, Silvia Itembe Otunga and Dr. Ralpha Wangatia Immam.
The resolution of the House will be forwarded to the Governor, who will now formally appoints them, before taking oath of office as the new board members. They will then elect the board’s vice – chairperson.
The County Public Service Board (CPSB) is charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing human resource policies and framework for the County Government in line with the relevant laws.
The CPSB handles all human resource issues in the county and consists of a chairperson and other members nominated by the Governor, approved by the County assembly.
Membership of the CPSB should be not less than three but not more than five other members nominated and appointed by the Governor, with the approval of the County Assembly; and a certified public secretary of good professional standing nominated and appointed by the Governor, with the approval of the County Assembly, who is the secretary to the board.
Functions of the County Public Service Board
▪ Establishing and abolishing offices in the county public service.
▪ Appointing persons to hold or act in offices of the county public service.
▪ Exercising disciplinary control over, and removal of persons holding or acting in public service offices.
▪ Promoting in the county public service the values and principles of governance and public service.
▪ Evaluating and reporting on the extent to which the values and principles of governance and public service are complied with in the county public service and delivering a report each December to the County Assembly.
▪ Facilitating the development of coherent, integrated human resource planning and budgeting for personnel emoluments in counties.
▪ Advising the County Government on human resource management and development.
▪ Advising the County Government on implementation and monitoring of the national performance management system in counties.
Matters to Consider on Appointments
In selecting candidates for appointment, the County Public Service Board is expected to consider;
▪ The standards, values and principles set out in Articles 10 (values and principles of governance, 27 (4) (freedom from discrimination) 56 (c) (Minorities and marginalized groups are provided special opportunities for access to employment (and 232 (1) (values and principles of public service) of the Constitution.
▪ The prescribed qualifications for holding or acting in the office.
▪ The experience and achievements attained by the candidate.
▪ The conduct of the candidate in view of any relevant code of conduct, ethics and integrity
▪ The need to ensure that at least thirty (30) percent of the vacant posts at entry level are filled by candidates who are not from the dominant ethnic community in the county.
▪ The need for open and transparent recruitment of public servants.
▪ Individual performance.