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President Mwai Kibaki Friday appointed 47 County Commissioners to undertake coordination of National Government functions in the 47 counties.
A statement from State house said, “Section 17 of the sixth schedule of the Constitution states that:
“Within five years after the effective date, the national government shall restructure the system of administration commonly known as the Provincial Administration to accord with and respect the system of devolved governments established under this constitution”.
Further, the fourth schedule of the Constitution clearly outlines the distinct functions of the national government and those of the county governments.
Those who will head the Western province and North Rift Counties include:
Joyce Isiaho, (Busia), Jamlick Baruga ( Bungoma), William Kiprono (Vihiga), Matilda Sakwa (Nandi), Albert Kobia (Kakamega), Julius Mathenge (Turkana), Birik Mohammed(Keiyo Marakwet), Peter Okwanyo (West Pokot), Charity Chepkonga (Trans-Nzoia), and Abdi M. Hassan (Uasin Gishu).
Other County Commissioners who were appointed to undertake coordination of National Government functions in the 47 counties include:.
The officers shall perform functions at the county level that include:
- Coordinate Security Management;
- Coordinate National Government functions and delivery of services;
- Facilitate conflict management and peace-building;
- Mobilize National Government agencies for national events, and programmes;
- Collaborate with the Kenya Citizens and Foreign Nationals Management Service in the dentification of persons for registration;
- Promote and enhance national cohesion and integration to foster unityof the nation;
- Coordinate the dissemination and implementation of National Government policies and programmes;
- Manage and maintain administrative boundaries, security roads and airstrips;
- Provide liaison, collaboration and partnership between the National Government and the County Government;
- Coordinate disaster management and emergency response; 11. Facilitate participation of the people in National Government policy formulation and articulation;
- Facilitate alternative dispute resolution initiatives; and
- Perform any other lawful function assigned by the National Government and any other legislation.
As an immediate task, the County Commissioners will work closely with the Transitional Authority to:
i. Register and compile a comprehensive portfolio of all government assets in the Counties including land and buildings, equipment, vehicles, staff, documents and all other public resources. This will include assets under local authorities.
ii. Guided by Schedule Four of the Constitution, the County Commissioners in liaison with the Transitional Authority will compile:
a) Register of assets to be under the Central Government.
b) Register of assets to be under the County Governments and to be handed over to the Governors soon after the General Elections.
c) The Commissioners will facilitate the Transitional Authority in the identification, location and differentiation of the offices of the County Government and offices of the Central Government from the existing portfolio, without prejudice.
iii. To commence compilation of Draft County Strategic Plans and other development plans under the general guidance of Government Institutions/ Ministries/departments and The Kenya School of Government.
iv. County Commissioners will also facilitate the ongoing civic education on among others the Constitution; devolved government and also seek public input into Draft County Strategic Plans, and Development Plans. The draft Plans will be finalized after the Central and County Governments, are in place after the General Elections.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Commissioners will facilitate smooth transition to the Devolved Government.
The following are the County Commissioners:
NAME COUNTY DEPLOYED
1. Joseph Keter Kirinyaga
2. Michael Mwangi Nyeri
3. Kula Hache Muranga
4. Wcyliffe Ogallo Nyandarua
5. Wilson Njega Kiambu
6. Nelson Marwa Mombasa
7. Evans Achoki Kwale
8. Maalim Mohamed Kilifi
9. Joseph Rotich Tana-River
10. Stephen Ikua Lamu
11. Rashid Khator Taita Taveta
12. Isaiah Nakoru Marsabit
13. Wanyama Musiambo Isiolo
14. Chege Mwangi Meru
15. Christopher Musumbu Tharaka Nithi
16. Hellen S. Kiilu Embu
17. Erastus Ekidor Kitui
18. Ann Gakuria Machakos
19. David N. Ole Shege Makueni
20. Moffat Kangi Garissa
21. Naftary Mung’athia Wajir
22. Michael Tialal Nkodi Mandera
23. Lorna Odero Kisumu
24. Joseph Kimiywi Siaya
25. Joseph S. Otieno Homabay
26. Ann Ngetich Migori
27. Wilson Wanyanga Nyamira
28. Lydia Muriuki Kisii
29. Arthur Osiya Kajiado
30. Kassim Farah Narok
31. Amos Gathecha Nakuru
32. Bernard Leparmalai Baringo
33. Esther W. Maina Laikipia
34. Wilson Nyagwanga Samburu
35. Pauline Dola Bomet
36. Rashid Mohammed Kericho
37. Shadrack Mwadime Nairobi
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