State department for Devolution Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli has urged County Public Service Boards to carry out their mandates without interference.
Sunkuli says that several County Public Service Boards (CPSB) do not clearly understand their role in human resource management and development.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of a capacity building workshop for county boards that brought together Wajir, Garissa and Mandera boards, Sunkuli said these County boards require extensive training in a bid to ensure efficient service delivery to Kenyans.
Section 65 of the County Government Act provides that 30 percent of vacant posts should be filled by minority communities in the 47 counties at the entry level, something the PS said is not currently being observed.
Sunkuli said due to lack of the requisite capacity on human resource management and development, some County Governments have been sending employees on suspension or compulsory leave without observing the set legal framework and disciplinary control mechanisms.
He noted that this has exposed the County governments to litigation, which is not only costly and time consuming and therefore denies County Governments time to serve Kenyans.
Garissa Deputy Governor Abdi Dagane said the biggest challenge the County faces is in recruitment and human resource.
He urged parliament to address this anomaly by passing laws to safeguard the interests of the affected employees.
The program is meant to build the capacity of PSBs as well as CEC members in charge of Public Service and County Secretaries.