CEC Profile

HUSSEIN ALI HUSSEIN is the CEC Administration, Coordination and ICT. Prior to his appointment as a CEC, Hussein was the Head of Internal Audit at the County Assembly of Marsabit. He was responsible for reconciliation and tallying of expenditure with budgetary allocation, reviewing accounting controls to ensure compliance with the Public Finance Management Act, review of the payroll among others.

Prior to joining the county Assembly of Marsabit, he served as the Risk and Compliance Associate for the British American Investment Limited (Britam) where he was responsible for monitoring compliance reviews and escalation of breaches as per the compliance breach policy.

Hussein is a committed professional with over six years in Compliance, Risk Management and Auditing. He is a holder of a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Kenyatta University and a BSC in Statistics from the University of Nairobi.
Hon. Hussein Ali brings to the department wide experience in Public Sector Financial Reporting and Auditing, Compliance Reviews and Public Policy analysis. This rich experience will assist him in helping develop policies that will assist the governor deliver the promises made and to properly serve the members of public. His office is always open to the members of public for both inquiries and public service.

Chief Officer's Profile

Ms Samuella Lolokuru is a   self-motivated career professional, with vast experience in community development and peace building having worked with two International organizations. Her interactions with the various stakeholders in the above fields has instilled in her the passion, skills and knowledge on how to interact with communities and strengthen her professional experience. She possesses excellent human relations, technical and contextual skills which are critical in her current position as a Chief Officer in the Administration, Coordination & ICT department.

Her vision for the department is putting in place policies and structures that will ensure holistic approaches to attaining the vision 2030 as part of the Country and County’s long term sustainable goals.

She holds MA in Peace Studies and International Relations from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and BA Community Development from Daystar University.

Background Information

The department of Public Administration, ICT and Disaster is center of the County government of Marsabit that coordinates public policy formulation, projects implementation, supervision and giving prudent resource management and distribution within the county. It aims to provide quality and effective leadership that provide cohesion and integration to the citizens of Marsabit County by enhancing service delivery through mobilization and public participation in the county development. The department is also mandated to coordinate and spearhead the general devolution agenda to the citizens at all levels of the decentralized units beginning from the headquarters and cascading down to the village levels. It’s in charge of implementing all county governments’ policies. The department functions are coordinated through the sub county administrative office in the four sub counties headquarters. These offices are in charge of the sub-counties equivalent to the constituencies within the county as established under Article 89 of the Constitution of Kenya.

The Department has 4 Directorates  comprising:

Public Administration

Public Administration

Sub-county administrators are responsible for the coordination, management and supervision of the general administrative functions in the sub-county unit.

Each sub county has ward administrative units headed by the  ward administrator who  coordinates, manages and supervises the general administrative functions in the ward unit, that include   The development of policies and plans;  Service delivery,  developmental activities to empower the community, the provision and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities of public services, The county public service; and  Coordination and facilitation of citizen participation in the development of policies  plans and delivery of services.

Through these devolved functions, Marsabit County has transferred key functions and financing to an entirely new level of improving the livelihoods of people within their communities. It has given the people opportunity in key decision-making on development by providing an enabling environment for service delivery with the necessary capacities, systems, and regulations at county level.

 

Civic Education and Public Participation

Civic Education and Public Participation

The County Government of Marsabit through the Civic Education and Public Participation Unit has managed all civic programs and public participation processes in the county, which has ensured that citizens are well informed and facilitated to participate in their governance activities.

Since 2013 the department has conducted series of Civic Education Forums in the County that has involved Partners that include Non-State Actors in the provision of Civic Education activities in the County. The exercise emphasizes on public participation that shows building bottom-up participatory mechanisms to effectively involve beneficiaries’ in decision making. This is a paradigm shift to the people empowerment since projects are now done on people driven demands making it easy for communities to overcome their long outstanding challenges.

 

Information Communication and Technology (ICT)

Peace Cohesion and Integration

Before devolution the county used to experience inter-clan conflicts on resource sharing and political issues. The department therefore through directorate of cohesion, disaster management and coordination, is spearheading the building of a harmonious and equitable county through strategies that achieve county reconciliation, healing, justice, cohesion and integration. Since the beginning of the initiative, several initiatives both from county government of Marsabit and the national government have come up with measures mediate the peace processes and arrived at lasting peace agreements. The mediation efforts led to the signing of 3 major agreements; ‘the Marsabit Ceasefire Agreement, the Boma Declaration and the Boma Peace Agreement.’ Major participants in the mediations were clan elders and political leaders from all the communities.

Through the department there is an improved coordination of the County Steering Group meetings. Peace committees Capacity building has been made to improve their engagement with communities to bring peaceful and objective conflict resolution skills. The results of peace initiatives are seen through exchange gifts and engagement in business from communities that used to have tension and constant conflict. More is also seen through peace forums where communities now appreciation and acknowledgement each other’s way of life as seen through the cultural festivals during the Marsabit Lake Turkana Cultural Festival and Kalacha Food and Music Festival.