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Metito assures chiefs of their continued role

COUNTIES
By - | October 21st 2012

By Cyrus Ombati

The government says chiefs and their assistants will have a role to play in the coming structured system of leadership.

Internal security minister Katoo ole Metito told the administrators a National Bill is being drafted to address their fears that they may be sacked following the promulgation of the constitution.

“A framework for coordination of the national government has been developed and a National Government Bill finalised.”

“The Bill which is soon to be debated in Parliament establishes a mechanism for coordinating service delivery by the National Government in which Provincial Administration will continue to play its critical coordinating responsibility,” said Metito.

The minister said several consultations have been held including the Countrywide public forums which were conducted by the Task Force on Devolved Government during which Kenyans overwhelmingly supported retention of Provincial Administration to continue coordinating security and conflict management and peace building initiatives among others.

He spoke at the Administration Police Training College when he presided over the graduation of 2,833 who had been undergoing an intelligence related course.

He assured the Provincial Administration that their position in the new Constitutional dispensation is guaranteed even as some of them continued to stage protests demanding assurances from the government.

“Pass this message to your colleagues and ask them to focus their energy in efficient and customer focused service delivery to Kenyans and avoid the protests that are being witnessed in the media.”

He argued the constitution is assertive on the need for civilian oversight over security organs through the National Security Council.

The minister was reacting to claims that the provincial administration has no role in the management of security.

He said the restructured Provincial Administration will continue to play a critical role in the coordination and oversight over security management in the country.

“Any comment from any quarter that gives the impression that Provincial Administration will have no role in security management in the new dispensation is misleading,” said the minister.

He encouraged the administrators to continue pursuing further studies as a way of ensuring progress.

 The course they graduated in is part of the mandatory requirements of the on-going comprehensive Provincial Administration and Internal Security reforms.

A number of chiefs and their assistants have been staging demonstrations in the country demanding assurances from the government that they will be retained in the coming regime.

This is in reactions to provisions in the constitution that says the system will be abolished in five years.

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