NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – County Transition Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi says the agency needs about Sh5 billion to conduct Kenya’s first comprehensive audit and prepare a report highlighting all the assets and liabilities of the county and national governments.
Speaking during a retreat with all gubernatorial candidates, Wamwangi said they have already prepared interim registers for the counties and national government but said a comprehensive report will be released in two years.
He said they had formed Integrated National and County Register of Assets based at the Auditor-General’s office and consists of 30 accountants.
He also urged governor aspirants to retain county interim officers that have been posted to assist them in running of the 47 new devolved structures to ensure seamless service delivery and transition.
District Commissioners, town clerks and senior civil servants in various ministries are among more than 6,000 people who will anchor the process in all the 47 counties across the country, set to take off after the general election on March 4.
Wamwangi said that respective counties will be free to absorb the workers or recruit new ones depending on their planning priorities.
“We have recruited the workers under the Transition Authority’s mandate to prepare for takeoff of the devolved system. These employees will ensure the County Assembly and the Governors’ Offices are up and running as soon as we are done with elections,” said Wamwangi, adding that officers had been posted late January after they had been trained on their new roles.
There are nearly 25 different categories of employees, with each of the clusters mostly offering 47 positions to correspond with the number of established counties.
Only the top positions of Interim County Secretary, the equivalent of the current Clerk of the National Assembly, and the County transition team, have a similar number of deputies.
There will be 141 clerk assistants, three for each of the counties. Other job openings include head of human resource, payroll manager, record management officer, ICT manager, chief officer finance, head of treasury and head of budget policy function as well as head of supplies management.
Others are general accountants, internal auditors, and human resource administrators, sergeant at arms, budget officers and Hansard reporters.
Additional the Transition Authority will recruit its own permanent staff comprising programme officers, transition co-ordinators and research officers for each of the counties.
He said that they the agency will be hosting county transition sensitization forums from Monday where members of public will be explained to on the role of all the new elective and appointed offices at the county level.