By The Coast Reporter
Tana River County Public Service Board has shortlisted 179 people for interviews for the 14 positions of County Chief Officers.
The board is set to interview the prospective officers from November 20 to December 2 2017, according to an advertisement placed in the county government’s website by board secretary Eunice Juma.
Among those shortlisted are two immediate former county executive committee (CEC) members Yusuf Adow Kuno Roads and Public Works CEC member) and Sofia Oblia Wedo (former Education CEC member), who aspire to take the lower position of Chief Officer for education.
There is also a host of immediate former chief officers and unsuccessful parliamentary aspirants in the list of shortlisted candidates published by the board on Friday November 3, 2017.
The department of education has the most shortlisted candidates, standing at 27, followed by that of Youth Affairs, Gender and Culture with 24 candidates and Trade with 21 candidates.
The lucrative department of finance has 19 shortlisted candidates who include the County Director of Development Planning, Mr. Lenox Chilumo Mbwana and assistant director of Revenue Frankjoy Kase Ddaiddo.
The Departments of Roads, Public Works and Lands has only four shortlisted candidates each.
Meanwhile the Tana River County Assembly is on Tuesday set to discuss and possibly approve the nomination of seven county executive committee members.
The County Assembly Appointments Committee vetted all the seven nominees of Governor Major (rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana two weeks ago.
Leader of Majority Ibrahim Sala is expected to table the committee’s report on Tuesday Morning for members to give their input before either approving or rejecting some or all the nominees.
The nominees include current County Budget Controller Suleiman Yesse Buko (Finance) and a member of the County Public Service Board Abass Kunyo (Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development and Veterinary Services.
The governor also nominated Mwanajuma Habwoka Mabuke of Action Aid Kenya to the department of Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Khadija Harufa Algi (Public Service Management, Administration and ICT) and Mr. Adan Siyat Khalif to the Trade, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Industrialization.
Others are Eng. Stephen Wachira Kariuki (Roads, Public Works, Housing and Urbanization and Mr. Shukri Sugow Adhan (Education, Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services). The governor is yet to present a nominee for the department of Health and Sanitation.
If approved, the names will be taken back to Governor Godhana, who is currently in the United Kingdom, for formal appointment.
Operations at the County Government have been left in the hands of directors after all the former CEC members and Chief Officers in the former regime were sent packing.
The County Public Service Board is set to interview 179 shortlisted candidates for the 14 departments from November 20, 2017 to December 2, 2017.
In Kilifi former gubernatorial candidate Prof Katana Gona is among a number of people who are to be vetted by the County Assembly for the positions of CeCs.
Katana had been earmarked for the position of County secretary but it’s not clear at the moment what transpired that led to the change of position.
Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission IEBC Returning officer for Changamwe Constituency Luciana Jumwa Sanzua is also short listed for the position of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries CeC.
Others are Samuel Kombe Nzai Finance and Economic planning, Mwachitu Karisa Kiring Water – Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Forestry, Dr Anisa Omar Health, Maureen Munyazi – Gender Social Services, Culture and Sports.
Former Technical University of Mombasa Vice Chancellor Prof Josphat Kazungu Mwatela is set to head the Roads, Public Works and Transport Docket while Charles Dadu Karisa will handle the Lands, Energy Housing and urban Development Department.
Devolution, Public Service and Disaster Management is earmarked for Rachael Musyoki who is currently heading the Health Department.
Nahida Mohammed Athman will be at the helm of the trade, Tourism and Cooperative docket when all goes well at the county assembly vetting exercise that is set to take place anytime from now.