, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – New Nairobi Town Clerk Philip Kisia has pledged to institute an independent audit of all City Council workers in an effort to rid it of ghost workers.
Speaking as he took over office on Thursday, Mr Kisia said the headcount would help him to streamline operations at City Hall.
“We decided to postpone the head count so that we do it in a more scientific and structured manner,” he said. “If you have been accused, you do not audit yourself; whatever the outcome, nobody will believe you.”
The straight-talking Clerk further affirmed his commitment to providing effective and quality service to the residents of Nairobi.
“I intend to provide transformational leadership in management. We shall endeavour to embrace reforms and respond to the needs of the tax payers,” he explained.
The Public Service Commission appointed the immediate former Managing Director of Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) to replace former Town Clerk John Gakuo, who retired on March 31.
Deputy Town Clerk Geoffrey Katsolleh had served in an acting capacity following Mr Gakuo’s exit.
Prior to taking up the KICC role, Mr Kisia had served as Chairman of the Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA), where he oversaw various projects including beautification, community policing, repairs of public toilets and street lighting.
At the KICC, he is credited with transforming the City’s first skyscraper after years of neglect by KANU, into a reputable conference centre.
His appointment follows a competitive recruiting process conducted by the Public Service Commission that saw six applicants short listed.
Mr Kisia holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management.