Kakamega County today witnessed the passing out of the newest entrants into the public service at the community level – Community Adminstrators – in a colourful ceremony presided over by H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya at Bukhungu stadium, Kakamega. Governor Oparanya who was accompanied by other leaders including his deputy H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima, said the adminstrators were recruited through a lengthy and competitive process devoid of political interference.
He called on the recruits to diligently serve their employer – the County Government of Kakamega – in accordance with the supreme law of the land – the Kenyan Constitution. “I urge you to be good ambassadors of my administration and internalize the important operational documents in place such as the 2017-2022 manifesto, County Government Act 2012, County Intergrared Development Plan 2018-22 and the Annual Development Plan,” he said.
The occasion also saw H.E. the Governor issue licences to boda boda operators who have been trained by the county government on road safety as well as commissioning of 360 improved house structures for vulnerable groups in the society in addition to issuance of a mattress and other essential personal effects to them by the Governor.
Some of the duties and responsibilities of the community adminstrators are highlighted below;
▪ Coordinate, management and supervision of the general administrative functions in the Community area;
▪ Ensure and coordinate the participation of the community area in governance;
▪Assist the community (Community Council) to develop the administrative capacity for participation in governance at the local level;
▪Be a symbol of community unity towards sustainable development;
▪Report on public utility neglect, wastage, repair, loss, misuse, abuse and/or pollution;
▪ Be custodians of all community data and statistical information including population, general demographics, social amenities and facilities, state of roads, agriculture and livestock production, culture and heritage;
▪ Supervise installation, repair, improvement, maintenance and service of all public community utilities including roads, feeder roads, bridges, drainage systems, ditches, culverts, streams and water courses and rivers;
▪ Make returns and advise or make proposals on public utilities, facilities or infrastructure to be developed or improved in the community;
▪Develop and submit to the relevant authority the community budget and returns for any monies expended;
▪ Coordinate the management of community centres;
▪ Communicate and disseminate all county information and county government policies to community residents;
▪Verify building plan approvals in the community; and
▪ Chair and coordinate community policing initiatives.
In attendance were the Speaker of the County Assembly, Hon. Morris Buluma, his deputy Hon. Kasaya, the leader of Majority, hon. Joel Ongoro, CEC members, Chief Officers, Members of the County Assembly, Advisors in the office of the Governor, Directors and other senior government officers among other leaders.