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CA stalls on State job evaluation exercise

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) did not meet certain thresholds in the ongoing public service jobs evaluation by Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), prompting delay in the exercise.

The evaluation, being conducted by Deloitte Consulting on SRC’s behalf, indicates that 90 per cent of the institutions targeted for review had returned duly filled forms following an intense sensitisation campaign.

Some State institutions including CA, however, did not meet certain thresholds. In CA’s case, the delay in carrying evaluation was prompted by contradictions in the law that established the authority.

Deloitte said some organisations have not altogether filled in evaluation forms, delaying the exercise which was commissioned by the President early this year.

“Organisations must meet all requirements before the real evaluation job begins later this year,” said James Nyamusi, a consultant at Deloitte Kenya.

Speaking to Business Hub, CA director-general Francis Wangusi expressed his misgivings with the intended reorganisation at the communications industry regulator, saying it must be done in a way that helps it deliver in its mandate.

“We do not know what our autonomy threshold in the ongoing exercise is and we are seeking the explanation of the Attorney General to advise on what independent threshold we have and which one we do not have,” he said.

“The SRC approach towards our restructuring was not good hence the resistance. They wanted a complete baptismal kind of approach.” Proper job evaluations are set to begin in September after SRC validates job analysis reports which will then lead to creation of new structures.

“We had a few challenges with unions and came up with amicable solutions to iron out differences and fears,” said Nyamusi. CA has in the past been put on the spot following a planned move to cut the number of executives reporting to the director-general from nine to three.

They will have 21 managers working under them. In the new management structure, the CA board created another layer comprising three general managers, technical service, corporate affairs and support services who will be reporting directly to the director-general.

The board also moved to scrap the title of directors and the new office bearers of the same position to be referred to as chief managers, reporting to the three new general managers instead of the director-general as was the case previously.

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