Prof Margret Kobia first to take to the podium as National assembly committee on appointments begin vetting nominees to the cabinet

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH FEB 2018-Professor Margret Kobia nominee for cabinet slot civil servant,youth and gender was the first  cabinet nominee to appear before the national assembly committee on appointments for vetting this morning.

Mrs Kobia while giving her position as to how she plans to deliver her mandate in the new capacity she told the Justin Muturi led committee that hers is a task that will mainly rely on  honesty and credibility.Kobia said  she is ready to serve the people and that she is competent for the job.

“I am convinced that I am the right person for this job. I bring a wide knowledge and experience from the studies i have done,” she said.

She said in the almost 10-minute introduction that her PhD in Human Resource from University of Illinois has prepared her with the skills required for the job.

“It gave me enough knowledge to champion such a ministry. I will partner and work with everyone and work with other ministries,” she said.

Clad in a sky blue coat and a navy blue dress, Kobia said she is well aware of issues that deals with the youth, gender and women empowerment.

“Gender isn’t about women, it’s about equity, equality and women empowerment. I have done studies on women issues in leadership and the women Enterprise Fund. I am well conversant with the issues,” she said.

Kobia said she would retain the retirement age for public servants at 60 years.

“We retire people at 60 years of age. If public service is efficient, it will create a thriving environment for private sector. I’d rather we keep the retirement age at 60.”

The former Public Service Commission chair said the percentage of those on extended term after retirement is less than 1 per cent of the population.

“For one to be retained, the agency must justify. It must be based on special skills. We must, however, streamline succession management,” she said.

But she noted that there are people who have stagnated for long in their jobs adding that a promotion should be done to them.

“It’s true there are people who have stagnated for long. We need to review where the job is done, and reduce bureaucracy,” she said.

Kobia said If there are vacancies and ministries are not declaring them, as the ministry of public service they will to get data.

“We will then follow each employee and see where positions exist. A motivated staff is obviously going to be more productive,” she added.

“Promotion in public service is very clear, after every 3 years. But from job group M, there has to be an annual evaluation and interviews that look for specific attributes.”

Kobia said she will take time to study Youth Fund after a scandal broke out in the last two years with an aim of coming up with a holistic format that will ensure transparency,accountability and benefit all the targeted group.

Others to be vetted by the same committee are John Munyes who is a nominee for petroleum and minerals as well as Farida Karoney nominee for lands docket.Monica Juma of foreign affairs and Peter Munya  of East African affairs will follow.Five nominees out of nine will be vetted before the end of business today (Thursday 8)

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