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Public Service Commission is seeking an additional Sh1.85 billion to bridge a budget deficit and fund its priority and emerging programmes.

PSC Chairperson Anthony Muchiri told the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security that underfunding had affected implementation of the Commission’s programmes and singled out the Public Service Internship Program that requires additional funding to absorb the high number of youthful applicants seeking internship opportunities annually.

The Commission also requires more funding to enable it to comply with the Employment and Labour Relations Court’s judgement that directed the Commission to exercise its constitutional mandate to regulate human resource functions in over 300 state corporations.

“The Commission needs to put in place internal structures, establish positions within the Commission, and recruit staff to be able to comply with the court’s directive within a period of 365 days,” said Mr Muchiri.

In her judgement of 25th January 2022 of a case in which Communications Authority (CA) and the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) were sued for encroaching on the mandate of the Public Service Commission by hiring new directors and approving new regulations and organizational structures without the approval of the Commission, Employment and Labour Relations Judge Monica Mbaru declared the actions null and void and directed the Commission to develop human resource policies and guidelines, review, audit and make recommendations with regard to CA’s human resource policies and guidelines within a period of one year.

The Commission is also required to monitor and evaluate personnel practices in all state corporations across the country.  

Amb. Muchiri was speaking at Parliament buildings on Thursday 3rd February 2022 when he presented the Commission’s budget policy statement for the year 2022/2023 to the Departmental Committee that is chaired by Limuru member of parliament Peter Mwathi. He was accompanied by PSC vice chairperson Charity Kisotu, commissioners and CEO Dr Simon Rotich.

He told the Committee that the Commission needs additional resources to be able to execute its expanded recruitment mandate of senior management positions in public universities, Constitutional Commissions, statutory bodies and managing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) functions that were transferred to the Commission.

“The human resource management function of TVET trainers was transferred from the Teachers Service Commission to PSC without corresponding funding,” Amb Muchiri said, adding that the Commission is required to investigate, monitor and evaluate organization and personnel practices, capacity building, and review organizational structures and staff establishment in the 198 TVET institutions.

On government re-organization after the general elections slated for August this year, Amb Muchiri said the Commission will be required to recruit Principal Secretaries and other senior positions in government, mount induction programmes for newly appointed cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries and support capacity building programmes for technical staff in reconstituted County Public Service Boards and County Assembly Boards.

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