ASSEMBLY APPROVES THE NEW CLERK

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CPA Laban Maloba Atemba is the new Clerk of the Kakamega County Assembly and the Secretary to the County Assembly Service Board (CASB).

This follows his approval by the County Assembly today Tuesday afternoon.

Born on 10th April, 1969 in Khabukoshe village, Matungu Sub-County, CPA – Atemba holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), a Masters of Business Administration (MBA – Finance Option) from Mt. Kenya University and currently pursuing his PhD in Finance.

He is a CPA (K) holder and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Kenya (ICPAK) where he has also served before as the Secretary (Western Branch).

He brings to the Assembly 18 years of experience in Public Service Administration, having served in Butere/Mumias County Council as Revenue Officer from the year 2001 to 2006.

In the year 2006 he was moved to Kakamega County Council where he ascended to the position of Principal Revenue Officer up to 2008.

He later served as the Treasurer in Mt. Elgon County Council between the year 2008 and 2011 then transferred to Butere/Mumias County Council in the same capacity from 2011 to 2013 when he was absorbed to the County Assembly of Kakamega as the Principal Finance Officer (PFO) up to 2017. Following his outstanding performance, he was elevated to be the Director of Financial Services in the same year until December, 2018.

On 5th November, 2019, he was appointed the Interim Clerk of the County Assembly of Kakamega following the voluntary early retirement of his predecessor, Mr. Patrick Wafula Kamwessar was the pioneer Clerk who steered the Assembly through transition from the defunct Local Authority to the current Devolution governance.

CPA-Atemba, together with his team is committed to deliver and enable the County Assembly of Kakamega attain the effectiveness and efficiency as it executes its mandate as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

CPA – Atemba takes his new office in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya, County Governments Act, 2012 and the Assembly’s Standing Orders.

After unanimous approval of the report recommending his suitability to be the Clerk, he took Oath of office in the Assembly Chambers before the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Morris Indakwa Buluma and the Honourable Members.

DUTIES OF THE CLERK OF COUNTY ASSEMBLY AS STIPULATED BY LAW

The County Assembly Services Act stipulates the responsibilities of the County Assembly Clerk in Kenya. The clerk should be—

1. The chief administrative officer of the county assembly; and
responsible for the day-to-day management and functioning of the county assembly.

The procedural functions of the County Assembly Clerk in Kenya include—

– providing expert, non-partisan and impartial advice to the members of the county assembly on the legislative process, and parliamentary procedure and practice; and
– carrying out such other duties and exercising powers as the law may confer on him or her or by the Standing Orders and practices of the County Assembly.
– The County Assembly Clerk is also the Secretary to the County Assembly Service Board in accordance with the conduct and business affairs of the Board.

As the Secretary to the County Assembly Service Board, the responsibilities of the County Assembly Clerk should be—

1. chief executive officer of the Board;
2. the accounting officer of the Board;
3. the administrative head of the County Assembly Service;
the custodian of the Board’s records;
responsible for— (i) the execution of the decisions of the Board; and (ii) assignment of duties and supervision of the staff of the Board;
4. responsible for the preparation and submission of the programmes necessary for the achievement of the Board’s mandate for approval by the Board;
5. responsible for causing to be kept records of the proceedings and minutes of the meetings of the Board and such other records as the Board may direct;
6. ensuring staff compliance with public service values, principles and ethics; and
7. ensuring the performance of such other duties as may be assigned by the Board or any other written law.

The Secretary (County Assembly Clerk) is responsible to the chairperson of the Board and the Board for the general working and efficient conduct of the business of the County Assembly Service. The Board may delegate to the Secretary such of its functions as are necessary to carry out the day to day management of the Service, and subject to such directions as may be given by the Board.

The Secretary may, in consultation with the Board, assign or delegate any of the functions under this section to an employee of the Service.

The Clerk is also a member of The Management Committee alongside the deputy clerk, heads of departments and such other officers as the Board may determine. The Board should establish a committee to be known as the Management Committee which advises the Board on matters relating to the functions and powers of the Board.

The clerk should, in carrying out and exercising the power conferred on him or her by the Standing Orders and practices of the County Assembly, be under the direction of the Speaker of the County Assembly. In the absence of the Speaker, the Clerk should be answerable to the Deputy Speaker.

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