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President names County Transition Authority

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – President Mwai Kibaki has appointed the County Transition Authority (CTA) that will facilitate and coordinate how Kenya moves to the new devolved system of government.

The team will be headed by Kinuthia Wamwangi as Chairman, with eight members who include Angeline Awino Hongo, Safia Abdi, Mary Mwongeli Ndeto, Jacqueline Akhalemesi Mogeni, Erastus Nyaga Rweria, Simeon Pkatey Pkiyach, Bakari Garise Omar and Dabar Abdi Maalim.

A statement from the Presidential Press Service said; “the Head of State announced that the appointments were in exercise to powers conferred to him by Section 5(1) (a) and first schedule of the Devolved Government Act 2012.”

The nominees were also endorsed by Parliament last Wednesday. The Authority is established under the Transition to Devolved Government Act.

In addition, Principal Secretaries in the ministries of Devolved Government, Public Service, Justice and Finance will sit in the Authority. The Attorney-General will be an ex-officio member of the CTA.

The CTA will be charged with auditing of assets and debts of local authorities, tallying of staff of both central and local authorities, educate the public on county governments, prepare county profiles, classify which town is a city and municipality and assist new county officials to draw budgets.

The Authority will also train county officials in their new duties, transfer functions originally done by national government authorities, review the performance of each county government and report its evaluation to the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and that of Revenue Allocation.

The Authority shall, in every three months, submit a progress report to the President, Parliament, the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution and Commission on Revenue Allocation.

The progress report shall include status on transfer of functions to county governments; any impediments to the transition programme; recommendation to address specific concerns identified by the Authority; and any other information of concern relating to the functions of the Authority.

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The Authority shall publish its progress report in the Gazette and in such other accessible manner as it may determine.

For the period after the announcement of the results of the first elections as contemplated by Section 2 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, the Authority shall submit the progress report to Parliament and to the relevant County Assemblies and County Executives Committees.

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