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Pressure piles on principals to fill vacant posts

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    Pressure piles on
    principals to fill
    vacant posts

    By Alex Ndegwa

    President Kibaki and Prime
    Minister Raila Odinga are
    under pressure to make
    substantive appointments
    in the ministries of Local
    Government, and Internal security and Provincial
    Administration because of
    pending elections. Members of Parliament say
    the critical roles of the
    ministries to secure
    homeland security,
    peaceful elections, and
    smooth transition to devolved governments
    require that the holders
    have undivided attention
    and power, the lawmakers
    argue. Portfolios held in acting
    capacity, including the
    Ministry of
    Industrialisation, which has
    been without a substantive
    minister for the last 18 month, they say, should be
    filled because there are
    competent individuals. The
    two principals are
    reportedly considering a
    Cabinet reshuffle following the devastating loss of
    Internal Security Minister
    George Saitoti and
    Assistant Minister Joshua
    Orwa Ojode. The Local Government
    ministerial office fell vacant
    on May 2, when Deputy
    Prime Minister Musalia
    Mudavadi quit as minister
    and Orange Democratic Movement deputy leader. The sensitivity of the
    positions Saitoti and Ojode
    held, Kenya’s military
    operation in Somalia, a
    breakaway threat at the
    Coast, and the need for peaceful elections are
    reportedly influencing the
    impending shake up in
    Government. Kibaki this week, however,
    picked Defence Minister
    Yusuf Haji to act as Internal
    Security minister, but MPs
    argue the circumstance of
    war and elections require that the holder should
    have not have divided
    loyalties. It is expected the
    changes will see the
    confirmation of Francis
    Kimemia as Head of Civil Service and Secretary to
    the Cabinet. Mr Francis
    Muthaura held the position,
    until he stepped aside
    following indictment by the
    International Criminal Court. Two dockets On Wednesday, the
    chairman of Parliament’s
    Implementation Oversight
    Committee Abdikadir
    Mohammed said devolution was key to implementation
    of the Constitution,
    stressing the line ministry,
    Local Government, should
    have a full-time minister. Abdikadir argued although
    the deadlock over the
    devolution laws had been
    unlocked, much more was
    pending, including setting
    up of institutions, structures, and systems to
    support the new levels of
    government. “The earlier we have a
    substantive holder the
    better. On time
    management it is expected
    a minister straddling two
    dockets would have half the time for each,”
    Abdikadir said. “In the last two weeks it
    had been evident that
    things were a little bit lax,”
    he added, alluding to the
    standoff over Bills, which
    prompted CIOC to intervene. “It would have been nice
    to have a substantive
    minister to partner with in
    these critical issues,” the
    Mandera Central MP said,
    referring to a conference for MPs scheduled for the
    weekend on the
    preparedness of county
    governments to run their
    affairs. House Local Authorities
    Committee chairman David
    Ngugi said Local
    Government was an
    executive portfolio, just
    like that of Finance, which demanded a substantive
    holder. “Devolution falls squarely
    on the ministry and we
    should not waste time with
    an acting minister and
    people who are not in
    charge. I call on the two principals to urgently
    appoint a substantive
    minister,” Ngugi pleaded.

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