The County assembly of Nakuru has adopted a report of the assembly rules and delegated legislation Comittee on the amendments of the county assembly of Nakuru standing orders.
This will see changes in the composition of the assembly committees with female MCAs now being allowed to hold positions in the committees.
The move was reached after it emerged that certain committees exercise oversight to the Executive departments with very broad functions hence the need to rationalize the same.
The report has recommended that, ” a committee shall upon appointment elect it’s chairperson and vice chairperson(s) from amongst it’s members”.
Under the new rationale aimed at improving oversight,several Committees shall have more than one vice chairperson.
The report recommends the following;
That Agriculture committee will have 3 vice chairpersons.
Culture,Sports and Community services committee will also have 3 vice chairpersons as well as County Roads, Transport and public works committee.
Other committees that will have 3 vice chairpersons are Trade Tourism and planning,Labour Gender Youth and social welfare,Land Housing and Physical planning,Energy Environment and Natural resources and Members welfare Catering and Library Committee.
Committee on Health Services will have two vice- chairpersons same to the committee on Early Childhood Education and vocational Training as well committee on Finance.
Female MCAs of the county assembly of Nakuru have welcomed the move.
Led by their caucus chair Susan Njuguna,the female MCAs said the mo e will now ensure improved service to the citizens through through oversight.
“We are now a happy lot that our voice will be heard in the committees”said MCA Susan.
Similar sentiments echoed by Nominated MCA Zeitun Zainab.
According to Zeitun,the issues of gender will now be articulated well since the Committees have been clearly spelt out.
“The move is in order.Am now proud that the issues of gender will be dealt with.Our voice will now be heard through various committees” said Zeitun.
On his part Kabazi Ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae also welcome the move.
According to Mbae,this will improve efficiency of the committees in undertaking their oversight and legislative mandate.
“The rationale is very simple aimed to improve the oversight role” said Mbae.