The County Government Act Amendment Bill 2015, popularly known as Lonyangapuoâ€™s Bill, is discriminatory and should not be entertained. The bill seeks to limit the tenure of sub-county, ward and village administrators to five years. It also proposes that the administrators should have a minimum of a university degree to qualify for the job.
This bill is ill-conceived and mischievous. County government administrators are civil servants, just like their national government counterparts. Why should national government administrators be employed on permanent and pensionable terms while their counterparts in the counties serve on contract?
All civil servants must be treated equally, especially because the administrators were also hired competitively by county public service boards.
In addition, those affected were not given a chance to participate in the crafting of the bill, which makes it unconstitutional.
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