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Governors hold first consultative meeting

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The Council of Governors held its first consultative meeting to discuss nurses strike and transitional challenges arising from the General Elections on August 8, 2017.The meeting, which was held at Council of Governors Delta Corner office on August 31, 2017 was also attended by Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Public Service Commission Chairperson Prof. Margaret Kobia,Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chief Executive Ms Anne Gitau and Chairpersons of the County Public Service Boards;and representatives of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning. During the meeting the Governors noted that they have made various efforts to resolve the current stalemate on the nurses’ strike. Despite the efforts, the nurses have acted in bad faith by going on strike while the negotiations on their CBA were taking place. As a result, the Governors gave the nurses a notice of seven days to resume work or be sacked when the period expires. Thereafter, the Governors resolved  As a result, interested candidates will make applications to the specific Counties where they would like to work in. The meeting also resolved that health services will remain a County function despite the industrial actions. The meeting also addressed the lay-offs in the Counties. The meeting noted that there have been emerging human resource issues that the new Governors find themselves in.

For instance, where State Officers and/or public officers, whose term is defined in law received contracts that were beyond their defined term. To illustrate these, there are cases where County Secretaries were put on permanent and pensionable terms; where public officers who initially were recruited on contractual basis, but just before the elections, they were quickly placed on permanent and pensionable terms; where new Governors are face a bloated workforce. The meeting noted that the Governors were not acting in malice and agreed that due process of the law will be followed in discharging CECs and Chief officers.

The Council comprises of both new and re-elected governors held the meeting to address the Nurses strike, Transitional Challenges across the 47 County Governments and the Governors and Deputy Governors Induction meeting. Present in the meeting were the Excellency Governors, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopha Mailu; Public Service Commission Chairperson Prof Margaret Kobia; Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chief Executive Officer Ms. Anne Gitau; Chairpersons of the County Public Service Boards; and representatives of the Ministry of Devolution of Planning and representatives from the Council of Governors secretariat.
The first agenda being the nurses’ strike, the Council of Governors stated that they have been making various efforts to solve the current stalemate, which has resulted to the nurses being on strike for close to 3 months. H.E Josphat Nanok addressing the media stated that the striking nurses should resume duty by 8th September 2017 and that those who will not have returned to work by the above stipulated date will stand sacked. This is to ensure that health services can return to normal. The second agenda was on the Human Resource in the Counties. Despite the various lay offs that have been ongoing in the counties, the Council agreed that the due process of the law should be followed in discharging both the CECs and Chief officers. Last on the agenda was on the Induction meeting for the Governors and Deputy Governors. The Induction meeting for the new and re-elected Governors and Deputy Governors is to be held with the objective of providing basic information on County Government structures and processes and on the gains made so far in devolution; and enhance County officials’ understanding and appreciation of devolution as a system of governance that focuses on, among others, self-governance and participation of the people in decision making, social and economic development, protection of the rights of minorities and marginalized groups, accessibility of services, and public accountability. The new dates of the meeting shall be communicated once finalized. All the 47 Governors are ready to deliver on their promises to the ‘wananchi’ and ensure that devolution is achieved across the country.

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