Late Comers Locked out of Governor Natembeya’s Meeting

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya addresses journalists after a CIDP meeting in Kitale on September 5, 2022. Photo/Aspect News

Senior officials at the county government of Trans Nzoia were today locked out of a County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) meeting that was attended by area Governor George Natembeya after arriving late.

The officers and some employees who were drawn from all the departments were denied access to the meeting by security officers who were instructed not to let anyone who arrived after 9 am access the room.

The officers who included a county executive committee member, two sub county administrators, and directors among others resorted to wait outside the room of the hotel where the meeting was taking place in the outskirts of Kitale town.

Governor Natembeya who addressed the press after concluding the meeting said he will not condone lateness since it is a lack of commitment by the officers whom he accused of taking public service for granted.

“Punctuality is very critical because time is a resource so we must maximize its use for us to effectively deliver on our mandate. Those who came late will have to show cause why they did so since we can’t condone this culture,” said Natembeya.

The county boss said the generation of the CIDP will aid in fast tracking his development agenda through a supplementary budget to finance his key priority areas for the region.

“We have established seven sector working groups which will ensure the plan captures my six agenda manifesto that I had for the people of Trans Nzoia that will be reflected in the budgeting process,” said Natembeya.

The County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) is a plan prepared by all counties to guide development over a five-year period. The Public Finance Management Act, 2012 provides that no public funds shall be appropriated outside a county’s planning framework.

 The CIDP should contain information on development priorities that inform the annual budget process, particularly the preparation of annual development plans, the annual county fiscal strategy papers, and the annual budget estimates.