Village Governance Takes Shape in Makueni County

‘It is a defining moment for my government’, these were the words of H.E. Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, Governor of Makueni County, in a ceremony presided over by Benjamin Mutie, the Chairperson of the County Public Service Board (CPSB), to issue appointment letters to 60 recently recruited Village Administrators at the Acacia Resort, Wote.

The Governor called on the newly appointed Village Administrators to engage closely with the people at the Sub Ward level and pick all concerns and complaints, including those deemed of small magnitude and emergencies, and ensure they are relayed to Ward Administrators and relevant government departments and agencies so that they are expeditiously addressed.

He emphasized the role of Village Administrators in communicating the policies, programmes, plans and achievements of the government and correcting misinformation and misrepresentation of the intentions of the government at the village level.

The Governor urged the Village Administrators to uphold servant leadership and to respect and love the people and ensure they treat them as they do to their mothers. He emphasized that his is a government that respects and loves the people, engages them closely and is interested in their livelihoods and overall wellbeing. It is therefore imperative for the Village Administrators to have an intimate knowledge of the people in a government that is about the people. He called on them to uphold integrity in their work and cautioned them against engaging in sexual abuse and harassment.

The appointment of Village Administrators by the Government of Makueni County is in fulfillment of the provisions of Section 52 of the County Governments Act, 2012 that establishes the office of the Village Administrator for each village unit established in a County as per Section 48 of the same Act.

The Village Administrators complement the elaborate framework that the government has institutionalized for public participation that involves village, village cluster, Ward, Sub County and County People’s Forums and respective development committees. It now paves the way for the establishment of village councils after the appointment of village elders as per the provisions of Section 53 (1) and (2) of the County Governments Act, 2012.

The Village Administrators are charged with the coordination, management and supervision of the general administrative functions in the village including ensuring and coordinating the participation of the village unit in governance and assisting the village unit to develop the administrative capacity for the effective exercise of the functions and powers and participation in governance at the local level and the exercise of any functions and powers delegated by the County Public Service Board (Section 52 (3) of the County Governments Act, 2012).