NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero says the recent adjournment of sittings by county representatives has not paralysed operations within the county.
Speaking during the opening a Sh160 million health centre in Kibera on Thursday, Kidero pointed out that despite the adjournment, all the committees are working hard and expressed the commitment of county representatives to serve city residents.
The governor however encouraged the representatives to use quiet diplomacy with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to address their grievances, saying this will have a long term and positive effect.
“The committees are meeting and their issues on their remuneration will be resolved. They are using quiet diplomacy and they will resolve their issues. The County Assembly members were elected by the people of Nairobi and they are fulfilling the mandate for which they were elected,” he explained.
He further indicated that the County Assembly is committed to deliver quality service to Nairobi County residents.
“They are missionaries, not mercenaries. The Committee of Budget has been appointed and they are meeting. They are on track with the preparations of the budget and they will get it done within 21 days. Everything will be decided in time,” he said.
The governor had been forced to re-advertise the job of the Secretary to the County Public Service Board after one of his appointees turned down the job since the pay was too low for him.
According to the guidelines issued by the SRC, the job pays between Sh130,000 and Sh160,000.
Kidero stressed the need for the SRC to consider reviewing the terms of service for county public officers as a way of attracting the best minds to serve in devolved units.
He explained that highly qualified professionals are shunning the jobs since they don’t find the terms pleasant.
He however pointed out that he would pursue other avenues in order to get qualified individuals to take up the jobs.
In the meantime, he pointed out that the health clinic which was opened in Kibera is part of his 100 day goals to bring cheap and efficient health services closer to city residents.
“Today we are officially opening the Health Centre, it was sponsored by Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) at a cost of Sh160 million, it sees an average of 8,000 patients daily free of charge. It has got a maternity wing of about six beds and they are going to run it for the next five years. The county government will work with them and take it over in time,” he stated.
He further stated that he had accomplished some of the goals he had set for himself when he was appointed as governor and emphasised that he hoped to accomplish most of them before his first 100 days are over.
“I had set myself some goals and one of them was order. We are progressing in this regard. We have dealt with order in the city and there is some semblance of order in the streets. Right now we do not have money but we are doing the best that we can. What we are now working on is security where we are going to run thugs out of this city,” he said.