County Commissioners to be anchored in lawNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – The government plans to introduce new legislation to formalise the existence of the County Commissioners whose appointment stirred mixed reactions in the country.
The law will be referred to as the National Administration and Co-ordination Bill 2012.
Head of the Public Service Francis Kimemia said the Bill is now ready and will be tabled in Parliament soon.
“The legislation is ready, it will enable the County Commissioners operate within a legal framework,” Kimemia said Monday when he inaugurated an initial training for the 47 County Commissioners at the Kenya Institute of Administration in Nairobi.
Kimemia said the law is aimed at cushioning the administrators to ensure they are legally in office. It will also outline their national functions.
The training is aimed at sensitising the commissioners on how to work harmoniously with governors and senators once the County Government is established after next general elections.
There has been uproar over the county commissioners’ appointments, with activists and a section of politicians terming it unconstitutional.
“The county commissioners will not operate in a vacuum. There must be a law on which they will operate. They will be required to work harmoniously with the governors and senators,” he said.
The government is setting up the framework for the County Commissioners to ensure that by the time the Governors and Senators are elected, they will find the commissioners already in the government.
“We don’t expect to have gaps, and since the County Commissioners are expected to take over the functions of the Provincial Administration, the senators and governors should find them already in the office,” Kimemia said.
“There should be no conflict at all,” he said.
All the eight Provincial Commissioners who were also present at the inaugural training were ordered to compile a list of assets and liabilities in their respective jurisdictions by August in readiness for hand-over to the county commissioners.
“And when we talk about assets, we mean everything owned by the government. Count them bicycles, cattle, camel, cows, motor vehicles and everything else. It must be documented,” he said.
The training at KIE will also be centered on civic education on the provisions of the Constitution to ensure the county commissioners understand the law which they are supposed to implement.