Governor Gladys Wanga, Monday, witnessed the swearing-in of the new county secretary.
Prof. Bernard Muok took oath of office in a brief ceremony held at the county headquarters before Homa Bay chief magistrate Julius Ng’ang’a.
Governor Wanga exuded confidence in Prof. Muok, who brings forth a wealth of experience, having previously held the role of a science researcher at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.
“I have full confidence in him and I believe he will help us streamline public service,” Wanga said.
The county boss noted that the new county secretary’s first task will be to streamline the county’s human resource systems.
The Governor was giving her remarks during the swearing in ceremony when she announced her administration have started a staff audit to eliminate ghost workers, having engaged Price Waterhouse Coopers alongside officials from Salaries and Remuneration Commission to do the job.
“Homa Bay spends much of it’s sh7.8 billion budget on wages and recurrent expenditure. To improve service delivery we must streamline all our systems,” she said.
Governor Wanga challenged all county staff to ensure they avail themselves for the audit and co-operate with the team.
In his speech, the new county secretary pledged his commitment to ensure the county improves in service delivery.
“I take this work as a call and will do my best,” he said.
Deputy governor, Oyugi Magwanga urged the new head of public service to decentralise service delivery and strengthen the work ethic.
Prof. Benard Muok takes over from Prof. Donald Ogweno who was serving on an acting capacity for a year.