Qualifications Of Chiefs And Assistant Chiefs In Kenya and Their salary plus allowance
Chiefs and their assistants owe their existence to the National government Coordination act 2013. Therefore, they are part of the national government Coordination delivery unit and are employed by the public service commission.
A section of the act reads (1)”In accordance with national government functions under the Constitution, this Act or any other written law, the Public Service Commission shall, in consultation with the Cabinet Secretary, recruit and appoint national government administrative officers to coordinate national government functions and to perform such others functions as may be assigned to them under this Act or any other law.”
Chiefs and assistants answer to an assistant county commissioner who is in charge of Ward and serves under deputy county commissioner in charge of sub-county and then county commissioner in charge of the county.
The argument put forward for the existence of these officials whose functions border on duplication of roles given that county governments have decentralized systems is that Kenya is a unitary state.
Here are the qualifications of being a chief.
- Must be 35 years and above.
- Must have scored C plain in KCSE and in English.
- Must come from the sub-location of interest.
- Certificate in public administration.
- A person of integrity who commands respect.
- Possess good communication skills.
Most experienced Chiefs earn upwards of ksh 70000 with the lowest taking home ksh 30000. Subchiefs on the other hand earn between ksh 25000 to ksh 45000.
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