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The County Assembly of Bungoma Committee on Appointments has today vetted the nominee to the position of County Secretary and Head of Public Service Mr. William Makhanu Nasong’o.

Mr. Nasong’o has been nominated by Governor Ken Lusaka after emerging the best from a pool of 15 applicants who sought to fill the vacant position.

The Committee led by the Speaker Mr. Emmanuel Situma put the nominee to task to explain his suitability for the position.Mr. Nasong’o was further asked to detail how his qualifications and experience match with the requirements for the position.

The nominee informed the committee that he has had a sterling career in the Public service having been first employed as a district officer before rising to the position of Deputy County Commissioner. He currently serves in the Cabinet Office at State House.

The Leader of Majority at the County Assembly Hon. Joseph Nyongesa who is a member of the committee asked the nominee to explain how he will foster good working relations between the County Assembly and Executive.

The nominee Mr. Nasong’o promised to borrow from the national model where there is a liaison office at the Executive domiciled in the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary. The office is specifically dedicated to processing all matters coming from the parliament.

“I will set up a liaison office that will be strictly following up on all matters before the County Assembly. I will follow up to ensure House resolutions are implemented,” he said.

The committee further sought to understand how the nominee who has served for many years in the Public service has a net worth of only 15million to which he explained that he has diligently worked to earn every property and asset that he owns.

The Committee was further concerned with how he will confront the issues of  pending bills which have continued to affect operations in counties. He was also called upon to explain how he will motivate the work force within the devolved unit.

Before he was vetted, the Committee first listened to three petitioners Mr. Johnstone Webeka, Mr. Stanley Bushuru and Evalyn Nato who were contesting the suitability of the Mr. Nasong’o to serve in the position.

The three petitioners told the County Assembly the nominee did not meet the minimum qualifications for appointment. They further averred that his appointment excludes other suitable applicants from Bumula and Webuye East East constituencies.

The petitioners were put to task by the County Assembly to prove their claims. They were grilled on the requirements for the position and the representation of the minority and marginalized within the County.

They were at pains to explain their claims on the qualifications of the nominee after the nominee’s academic documents that included both his Bachelors and Masters Degree were availed to them.

The Committee will retreat to compile a report that will factor in the petitioners views before the report on the suitability or otherwise of the nominee is tabled before the County Assembly. The Assembly can either uphold or overturn the recommendations by the committee.


By County Assembly Communications

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