Expectations are high at Kirinyaga county assembly after MCAs approved all the five nominees to fill up the vacant positions in the county public service board. The chairman is Kennedy Ngiabi and could not transact any business after the members’ tenure of office expired a year ago. Those approved to seat on the new board are Newton Njenga as the secretary, Raymond Karinga, Catherine Mwangi, Patrick Matu and Margaret Kabui. During a special sitting presided over by the assembly speaker Antony Gathumbi, the MCAs who are on recess until February 8 approved the names. Tabling the motion, house majority leader Kamau Murango asked the members to pass it so that the new board could start its work immediately after a whole year. “As you contribute to this motion, bear in mind that county employees who are on contract are jobless since there is no board to renew such contracts,” Murango begged the MCAs. The motion was later passed by the entire house unanimously after which the speaker adjourned the sittings to February 8 when the recess comes to an end.
Murango said roads in the county are in pathetic conditions since tractor drivers cannot work without their contracts being renewed. The new board is expected to start its work right away by signing the renewal of contract letters for tractor and plant operators, ECD teachers who have been without salaries for the last five months and any other cadre of employees who work on contracts. The contracts for the ECD teachers should be a priority since they have already resumed their duties after schools opened on Monday even without salaries. The assembly also urged the board to address the plight of 72 medics who have been without salaries for over a year as a matter of priority. “As an assembly, we impress upon this board to start working out on all outstanding issues which forced our medics to go on strike leaving our health facilities crippled in 2018. We expect the board to come up with lasting solutions to these perennial problems so that they may never affect our county again,” Murango told the media. The assembly recruited a senior board member, the secretary from another county. Njenga was picked from Ndenderu in Kiambu county and is said to be knowledgeable in labour and legal matters which affect workers.