County Employment Board Members Fail To Turn Up For Grilling Over Jobs Advertisement

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Members of the Bungoma County Public Service Board failed to turn up for grilling by the Assembly Committee on Public Administration.

The board chaired by Jonathan Namulala who also doubles as the finance Chief Officer failed to show up and sought an additional 14 days.
The Assembly Committee on Public Administration Chaired by Khalaba Ward MCA Okumu Majimbo declined the offer but instead granted them 7 days.
They are set are therefore expected to appear on Tuesday 17th, 2020.
According to a press release by the County Assembly of Bungoma Public Communications Officer Erick Ngobilo stated the CPSB was expected to provide the information on the recruitment exercise.
Ngobilo said that the board was expected to give evidence of the budgetary allocation and letters of intent on the recruitment from the Public administration committee.

“They were also to show cause on contravention of the provisions of the constitution,” the press release read.

Ngobilo also stated that the County Assembly was however dismayed to find an advertisement in the Standard News Paper on November 2, 2020 without the knowledge of the committee since the issues remain unresolved to date.
“For avoidance of doubt, the committee terms the assertion by the department of public Administration and ICT that the department has ‘surplus’ money to undertake the employment as misleading.
“Kindly note that section 50 of the PFM Act, 2012 requires that any monies held by a public entity as either surplus or otherwise has to be declared to the County Assembly and appropriated by the committee on Budget before expenditure,” read the release.

Ngobilo pointed out that the County Assembly wishes that a directive by the committee through the Office of the Clerk to have the advertisement cancelled is yet to be complied with.
“Further, the committee summoned the County Public Service Board to appear on Tuesday November 10 in a bid to reach an agreement and move forward the process,” the press release elaborated.
The County Assembly wishes to state that it is not opposed to the employment but is committed to ensure that the process and the law is followed to the latter.
Ngobilo noted that they are concerned with reports being circulated to the public by use of various mediums to the effect that Members of Assembly are opposed to the employment of village administrators. 
“Nothing can be further from the truth.The County Assembly through the committee on Public Administration and ICT wishes to state as follows;
1.There is no budgetary allocation for employment of village administratorsin the current budget for FY 2020/2021.

2. Boundaries delineation for the created villages remains incomplete (Refer to section 14 of the Bungoma County (Administrative units) Act 2015). The same is still active before the committee on Public Administrationand ICT.
3. Names of some villages across the County are still being contested by residents.
“Based on the above, the County Assembly of Bungoma Committee on Public Administration and ICT advised the department of Public Administration to hold the advertisement in abbeyance awaiting the resolution on the aforementioned issues,” read the release.

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