Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has suffered a blow in his bid to appoint a secretary of the County Public Service Board as the vetting committee has resolved to reject his choice.
Advocate Philip Polland George Kaingu, whom Governor Sonko nominated on March 2, was found unsuitable to hold the position.
He was to take over from Susan Waweru, who has been serving in acting capacity. The office became vacant last year when Meshack Guto's term ended.
In its report tabled before the assembly on July 2, a day after Mr Kaingu’s vetting, the Labour and Social Welfare Committee recommended rejection of his nomination.
The team led by Geoffrey Ng’ang’a said he did not meet the requirements since he is not a Certified Public Secretary, a qualification of the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (Kasneb).
“The committee recommends that this assembly does not approve the name of Philip Polland George Kaingu as nominee to the position of secretary to the County Public Service Board since he is not a Certified Public Secretary as required under Section 58(1)(c) of the County Governments Act, 2012,” the report stated.
The nominee admitted that he is not a CPS, contrary to section 58(1)(c) of the County Governments Act that says “the board shall comprise a certified public secretary of good professional standing nominated and appointed by the governor with the approval of the county assembly”.
Mr Kaingu also told the committee that he does not hold any Masters degree. He noted, however, that he was exempted with 13 units of the Certified Service Secretary course and that he would complete the remaining five units within a year.
The committee also noted that the advocate of the High Court and a Bachelor of Law degree holder did not have experience leading a public service of thousands of employees as he has been working in his own private firm since 2013, managing only four employees.
The team's decisions means Sonko has to return to the drawing board and find another nominee for the position.
The board’s key functions include establishing and abolishing offices in the county public service, making appointments in these offices and advising the government on human resource management and development.
The board consists of a chairperson and other members also nominated by the governor and approved by the county assembly.
It is further tasked with developing and implementing human resource policies and a county government framework in line with relevant laws.