While the former Governor Hussein Dado can be accused of appointing his unqualified clansmen to managerial positions, the incumbent HE Dr Dhadho Godhana is equally guilty of favouring outsiders in his top management appointments. The situation has worsened to the extent that local professionals are
disenfranchised. A Negritude movement is becoming inevitable to reverse the negative trend.
Yes we need to awaken our affirmation and consciousness of the value of hailing from Tana river, our culture and common identity. We are aware of the fact that every County is making key appointments in favour of their locals and only consider outsiders where they lack expertise locally. The situation since the inception of Chanamaro administration has been worsening and now is out of control. The Governor is not observing any ethics and keeps making reckless appointments overlooking all other factors. We need to put pressure to him to stop giving away all jobs to outsiders.
A good example is the appointment of Maurice Osiano as County HR Director. The Governor had two locals Mr Ali Abbas and Ezekiel Faraja who qualify for the job, but he preferred and settled for the outsider. You cannot convince anyone that that was the right decision taking into consideration that this is a permanent and pensionable job.
The position of Secretary to the County Public Service Board has remained vacant for one year. Mr Charles Nyatika has been acting in that position. The Governor has been reluctant to fill the position even after receiving two names from the Board to appoint one. Out of the two nominees one is from the Delta and another from a neighboring County. Your guess is good as mine why the position remains vacant and may remain vacant for good.
The Governor might be comforting himself that he has appointed locals as CEC’s and Chief officers, County Secretary plus other advisers in his office. However,he should be reminded that some of these jobs are political appointments and in the event he misses the seat the incoming Governor will replace all of them. It is therefore imperative to ensure we maintain foot soldiers to guard our interests.
His Excellency needs to spend a few minutes and look at the composition of his County Public Service and peruse the technical team charged with running the day to day activities of Departments, I am sure he will be shocked just as I did. How many locals do you have in managerial position whose terms are permanent and pensionable?
Our assertions about appointments are derived from the County Governments Act that allows 70% of the jobs to be given to locals but Tana river has the vice versa and it seems we don’t want to be advised otherwise.
The plea to the Governor is to give a chance to locals to work in their County. This should not be misconstrued as a favour but a well deserved favour to Tana residents. The argument that local professionals do not qualify is a fallacy. On the contrary we have overqualified staff who can compete for national positions.