The Nandi County Assembly is now ready to discharge its mandate under the Constitution as we have laid the necessary machinery to facilitate its operations.
All the committees are operational. We are addressing their staffing needs and this will be concluded soon. We have advertised for the positions of officers and have already conducted interviews.
The County Assembly has acquired two vehicles to be used by the committees and will be instrumental in performing their oversight functions especially field inspections.We have also tendered for the renovation of the county chambers and offices. This was strictly done in accordance with Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005.
We have also tendered for a generator to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Plans are underway to computerize the entire chamber and offices and switch to Integrated Financial Management Systems (IFMS) which will
enable us monitor all the activities in the assembly.The design of the assembly’s portal has also been contracted and it would soon be up and running.
There are plans to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to boost security in the assembly. A tender for modern Hansard equipment
is also being processed.
Training of staff has also been concluded. This was done with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST).The County Assembly is developing a strategic plan that will be along the lines of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP).
We are also planning to establish a library and a research centre which will assist members when formulating bills and motions. We are on a path to a brighter future as a law making, representative and oversight body.
Other future plans include establishing offices for MCAs in their wards to serve the public in wards.The past one year has not been without its own challenges for the assembly. This includes lack of offices.Staffing levels are also still low and we are seeking to recruit more key staff.
We had also to train the staff on the new system of devolved government and in this we had to start from scratch.
There is need to benchmark with other countries, with similar systems such as South Africa and Rwanda.
Water is also major issue. Currently, we are relying on water tanks but we are working with the ministry of Water to provide us with piped water.
Another key challenge has been lack of finances to undertake key programmes.