NCBDA wants Gakuo post advertised

March 5, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 5 – Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) Chairman Timothy Muriuki has asked the Local Government Minister to advertise the post of the Nairobi City Council (NCC) clerk.

Speaking to Capital News, Mr Muriuki said advertising the post was in line with the government’s efforts to promote transparency in all public offices.

“If somebody will fill that post, let it be competitively advertised. It doesn’t matter whether it has never been done in the past, we could be having even better skills than John Gakuo (the outgoing clerk) in this town,” he said on Thursday.

He said the NCC should be in line with the new standards to allow a competitive process that will pick on the most suitable person to occupy Mr Gakuo’s position, which falls vacant at the end of March. Mr Gakuo was directly appointed without the post being advertised.

The NCBDA chairman acknowledged that Mr Gakuo has improved the city especially the beautification programme and increased service delivery, but said that there was need to give way to new skills.

He asked the Local Government Minister to ensure that there was no vacuum upon his exit to ensure continuity of service at the Council.

“If he is retiring at the end of this month, let him do so rightfully. The Minister should not allow a vacuum in this position, but he should also let Nairobians know the way he is going to fill this public position,” he insisted.

Mr Muriuki called for transparency and asked the NCC to make its account records available for public scrutiny.

The NCBDA boss meanwhile also condemned the action of councillors, who fought at the City Hall offices last week.

He said it is outlandish behaviour and those responsible should be arraigned in court and charged.

“Those people who were throwing objects should be arrested and put where they belong. They don’t belong to office surroundings; their behaviour is uncivil and violent.”

Mr Muriuki described the fracas as a shameful scene that portrayed a very negative image of the Council.

“We were told they disagreed because they were given Sh5,000 to go to a funeral. If that is the case and they wanted more money there are ways of asking Mr Gakuo to increase the allowance. I am not sure if that is his official duty, but whatever business they were doing, there is a way of asking.”


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