Nyeri Senator Eng. Ephraim Maina (left) addressing PSC commissioners during the meeting with the Senate Committee on Devolution and Inter- Governmental Relations at Parliament buildings on 9th August 2018. Next to him is Committee chairperson John Kinyua, nominated senator Iman Dekow, PSC acting Chairperson Amb. Peter Nkuraiyia and CEO Dr Alice Otwala.
The Senate Standing Committee on Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations has hailed the role played by the Public Service Commission in supporting devolved County Public Service Boards.
Committee chairperson who is also Laikipia Senator John Kinyua said his committee is keen to learn from the Commission’s experience in working with devolved units as it considers legislative proposals to strengthen the human resource function at the county level.
Mr Kinyua was speaking during a meeting with the Commission board at Parliament buildings on Thursday 9th August 2018. The meeting followed an invitation the committee had extended to the Commission to share its views regarding staffing and professionalism in counties.
Acting Chairperson Amb. Peter ole Nkuraiyia led the PSC team that included commissioners Titus Ndambuki, Patrick Gichohi, Lawrence Nyalle, Dr Judy Bwonya and CEO Dr Alice Otwala.
Amb. Nkuraiyia told the committee that the Commission formalized the secondment of former local authority and devolved staff to the county public service in 2013.
“County Public Service Boards have been exposed to guidelines that provide procedures and where clarification is required, the Commission has provided,” said Amb. Nkuraiyia.
He noted that the commission favoured amendment of the law on appointment of chair and members of the board to provide for a selection panel to conduct the recruitment of members of County Public Service Boards in a manner similar to how the chair and members of the Public Service Commission are recruited.
The acting Chairperson called for enactment of a framework of uniform norms and standards for the entire public service applicable to both levels of government in accordance with article 235 of the Constitution in order to ensure uniformity and consistency in management of the human resource.
“The Regulations should mirror the Public Service Commission Regulations so as to ensure uniform norms and standards within the entire public service, both in the national and county governments that have the force of law,” amb. Nkuraiyia said.
On pension, Amb Nkuraiyia voiced the position of the Commission in support of one Act of Parliament to provide for a county public service pension scheme for the benefit of all county employees.
Also present was Deputy Commission Secretary Jane Chege and directors Jane Songole and Simon Wachinga. Other members of the Senate committee present were vice chair Wario Juma, Nyeri Senator Eng. Ephraim Maina and Nominated Senator Iman Dekow.