The new bosses under the title of Assistant County Commissioners (ACCs) have been deployed to collaborate with Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya ahead of the 2022 General Election.
According to Natembeya, the senior officers were recruited following the creation of new administrative units in the region as the country gears towards the electioneering period.
“A lot of work needs to be done under the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI). We are approaching a General Election and they will be required to organise peace meetings and coordinate government functions,” Natembeya stated.
The first assignment of the Assistant County Commissioners is to spearhead registration for National Identity Cards and mobilisation of potential voters to get registered.
“We have 24,000 processed ID cards that are yet to be collected in the North Rift region. Another 47,000 are yet to be collected in the South Rift region. Most of them belong to youth yet to register as voters,” said Natembeya.
Natembeya castigated some chiefs in the Rift Valley region for undermining government push to reach out to most residents but expressing confidence that their new bosses would help overcome.
“Some chiefs have been barriers to Kenyans accessing government services. You are new blood in the system capable of transforming the culture in government offices. Be the change that Kenyans desire,” Natembeya noted.
Most of the new bosses are fresh graduates with the government noting that it hopes that the new young blood will revitalise service delivery in the region.
“You are the people who know best about modern challenges and best solutions. Expectations are high that you shall bring new solutions to address challenges facing our society today.
“As government officers, you are mandated to ensure that government programmes are running. You are expected to be assertive and firm in pushing contractors to deliver government projects,” the Regional Commissioner remarked.
The region for a very long time has remained among the elections hotspots in the country.
With the deployment of the new bosses, the region is expected to be well manned to avoid the recurrence of election skirmishes.