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Cracks Emerge in Kericho Municipal Board

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The Board Members with Kericho Governor Prof. Paul chepkwony

The recent turn of events has revealed a worsening working relationship between Kericho Municipal Board and the executive, a move that might disrupt the anticipated facelift of the town that has existed since the colonial times.

Since the Board was unveiled by Governor Paul Chepkwony, last year November, rumours are rife that it has not commenced executing its mandate now a year later.

Establishment of Municipal Board is etched in Section 13 and 14 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011, providing that the management of a city and municipality is vested in the county government and administered on its behalf by a board constituted.

The role of the board includes: developing and adopting policies, plans, strategies, and programs and may set targets for delivery of services.

The board may also look into land development of industry, marketplaces, shopping areas, residential areas, recreational areas, parks, entertainment, passenger transport areas within the municipality as may be delegated by the County Government.

Governor Chepkwony with Board member Magerer Langat

It is also expected to play a role in rates collection, tax levies, duties, parking fees and formulation of debt collection policies as delegated by the County Government.

According to the Act, the board is also mandated to monitor the impact and effectiveness of any service policies, programs and plans that pertain to the municipal.

Kericho is among the more than 20 counties established municipalities eying a share of sh. 30 billion doled out of World Bank to improve infrastructure.

Every county is set to get at least Sh200 million of the grant that will be channeled through the ministry of infrastructure.

Months after the Board was inaugurated and the Board members were sworn in, it has emerged that there exists a frosty working relationship between the board and senior county officers.

Governor Paul Chepkwony with Reuben Too one of his diehards

Recently the former Energy assistant Minister Magerer Langat broke the ice when he publicly faulted the County Government leadership led by Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai for failing to involve the board in key activities.

However, the establishment of board is perceived as duplication of functions and increase wage bill as evidenced in Kericho where insiders reveal that officers in town planning, infrastructure and trade are feeling choked by the board hence they are focused to frustrate it.

“The crack in Kericho emanates from officers who feel threatened by the board that might go away with some of the duties that used to get them allowances,” an insider said

When asked of the efforts that the county has put in place, the board chair who is the former Kericho Teachers College Principal Harry Langat said he will not comment on the progress until after September this year.

However, some people attribute the cracks to underutilized efforts people like Magerer who once headed the ministry of energy across the country but now reduced to a small town. He feels he should do more.

Since the Board was unveiled by Governor Paul Chepkwony, last year November, rumours are rife that it has not commenced executing its mandate now a year later.

Establishment of Municipal Board is etched in Section 13 and 14 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011, providing that the management of a city and municipality is vested in the county government and administered on its behalf by a board constituted.

The role of the board includes: developing and adopting policies, plans, strategies, and programs and may set targets for delivery of services.

The board may also look into land development of industry, marketplaces, shopping areas, residential areas, recreational areas, parks, entertainment, passenger transport areas within the municipality as may be delegated by the County Government.

It is also expected to play a role in rates collection, taxes, levies, duties, parking fees and formulation of debt collection policies as delegated by the County Government.

According to the Act, the board is also mandated to monitor the impact and effectiveness of any service policies, programs and plans that pertain to the Municipal.

Kericho is among the more than 20 counties established municipalities eying a share of sh. 30 billion doled out of World Bank to improve infrastructure.

Every county is set to get at least Sh200 million of the grant that will be channeled through the ministry of infrastructure.

Months after the Board was inaugurated and the Board members were sworn in, it has emerged that there exists a frosty working relationship between the board and senior county officers.

Recently the former Energy assistant Minister Magerer Langat broke the ice when he publicly faulted the County Government leadership led by Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai for failing to involve the board in key activities.

However, the establishment of the board is perceived as duplication of functions and increases the wage bill as evidenced in Kericho where the insiders reveal that officers in Economic and town planning, infrastructure and trade are feeling choked by the board.

“The crack in Kericho emanates from officers who feel threatened by the board that might go away with some of their duties that used to get them allowances,” an insider said

The former Kericho Teachers College Principal Harry Langat, who is the board chair, said, he is not ready to comment on the progress until after September this year.

However, some people attribute the cracks to underutilized efforts people like Magerer who once headed energy ministry across the country but now heads a small town. He feels he should no more.

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