Hon Raila Odinga presents a trophy to Governor Ongwae during the closing ceremony of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium
KICOSCA closing ceremony

Governor Ongwae, accompanied by the Deputy Governor, receive a consignment of essential drugs and equipment worth KShs. 100M at KTRH procured from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

Essential drugs and equipment worth 100M

President Uhuru scores past Governor Ongwae during the launch of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium

President Uhuru launches KICOSCA

Boost for Maternal and Child Health as Aga Khan Foundation launches kshs.117 million project in Kisii

Maternal and Child Health project

Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Governor Ongwae asks Senate to pass bill on County Pensions to improve Staff Welfare

Kisii Governor James Ongwae wants Senate to expedite the passing of County Pensions Bill to substantively address pension issues for staff in counties.

Governor Ongwae who chairs the Human Resources, Labour and Welfare committee at the Council of Governors says the issue had dragged on for long affecting welfare issues for staff in counties.

Addressing senators during an induction workshop for the Senate Standing Committee on Labour and Social Welfare at Sankara Hotel in Nairobi, Ongwae urged Senators to prioritize the matter.

“We have three categories – those inherited from former local authorities, those seconded from National Government and those newly employed through County Public Service Boards. Some of these staff belong to contributory pension schemes while others belong to non-contributory pension arrangement,” Ongwae noted.

He explained that while the law requires County Government staff to belong to an existing pension scheme, existing pension funds (LAPFUND and LAPTRUST) were riddled with debts running into billions.

“Following broad consultations, Governors agreed to adopt LAPTRUST and rename it County Pensions Fund and these proposals are contained in the draft bill,” he added.

Committee Chairman and Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja said the pensions bill had been re-introduced in the Senate and was due for the first reading assuring Governors that the views of stakeholders will be respected.

“The draft pensions bill was introduced in Senate in 2016 but it lapsed in the previous house. This is why it has been introduced afresh,” he said.

Governor Ongwae also called for harmonization of human resource issues in County and National Governments to facilitate vertical and horizontal transfers.

“Currently, we have varying schemes of service, career progression guidelines and designation nomenclature. We need to standardize this to allow for transfers between counties and the two levels of government. We have recommended the establishment of a taskforce to comprehensively deal with this matter,” observed Ongwae.

Principal Secretaries Khadijah Kassachoon (Labour) and Susan Mochache (Social Security and Pensions) were present at the function.

Governor Ongwae asked the Ministry of Labour to take an active role in handling of industrial and labour relations in the country unlike the situation currently.

He also asked the State Department for Social Security to involve County Governments when rolling out social assistance programmes like Cash Transfers for orphans, the elderly and vulnerable children.

“Social security is not devolved but due to the demand on the ground, counties want to be involved. We need guidance from the National Government because issues like rehabilitation of street children directly affect us on the ground yet we have no budget lines for this,” he added.

Senator Sakaja said the current Senate had a different disposition regarding engagement with Counties saying Kenyans were not interested in supremacy battles between Senate, National Assembly and Governors.

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