Members of the Nairobi County Assembly have unanimously rejected Governor Johnson Sakaja’s nomination of Jairus Musumba as the county secretary.
In a report tabled before the county assembly, the city MCAs said Musumba lacks the academic qualifications to hold the office.
“The nominee lacks suitable academic and professional background and qualifications to serve in the position of the county secretary having spent almost the entire his academic work and work experience in the field of public health,” the report read in part.
Majority Leader Peter Imwatok, while tabling the damning report, added that Musumba has been in office illegally after serving for close to two years in acting capacity which is more than the recommended six months in line with the Section 10 of the Public Service Commission Act.
“The assembly has been carrying out its activities efficiently by passing all the county officers. We do not want to be part of an illegality in this county. The nominee has been in that office for two years and he has misadvised previous governors in this county leading to chaos and confusion in service delivery,” Imwatok said.
Minority Leader Anthony Kiragu added that the nominee failed to adequately answer questions posed by the assembly’s Committee on Appointment.
“We have looked at the history of the nominee and we have made a choice to reject his nomination. He has been the Chief Officer for a long time and his contract ended in November last year but Mr Sakaja appointed him illegally so he can take the position of the county secretary. We do not want to be part of an illegality,” Kiragu said.
Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Ken Ngóndi directed Governor Sakaja to appoint another candidate as the acting county secretary within a period of seven days.