Kakamega County Government has started the process of setting perfomance targets (perfomance contracts) for all its senior staff for the Financial Year 2020/21. The perfomance contracting tool, introduced in the county during the 2015/16 FY has since then been used to measure the perfomance of government officers, effectively boosting service delivery in the county.

The exercise that will last for one week targets CECMs, Chief Officers and Heads of departments; who will further cascade it down to their (departmental) officers.

Dr. Henry Wati, an independent external expert on performance contracts who is leading the exercise said it is aimed at improving service delivery, focussing resources on the identified priority projects and increasing revenue generation and collection.

“We want to ensure that targets are in line with set priorities and are aligned to CIDPs and approved budget,” said Wati.

In addition, the targets set should also be aligned to the Annual Development Plan (ADP), the Big Four Agenda, the Governor’s manfesto and the SDGs among other essential documents.

Rose Omondi, senior County administrator in charge of performance management (Public Service and Administration) said performance vetting ensures compliance and growth of the departments in terms of performance.

“The exercise is in line with Section 47 of the County Governments Act. The main objective is to measure performance of each department and also ensure the targets are time bound. It will determine the actions to be taken by the Governor including rewarding highly performing officers,” said Ms Omondi