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Engineers Cry Foul Over Roads Bill Targeting DGs

The Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK) has opposed a bill that would allow any professional to be appointed as the head of a road authority.

Kenya has three road authorities, each headed by a Director-General: Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Kenya National Highways Authority, and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (DG).

IEK President Nathaniel Matalanga, speaking at the opening of the Capital Branch office in Nairobi, said the move by Pokot South MP David Pkosing to modify the Kenya Roads Act through the Kenya Roads (Amendment) Bill 2021 should be rejected.

The House Committee on Transportation, Public Works, and Housing is chaired by Pkosing.

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The criteria for appointment as a DG, which limit appointment to people in the engineering profession, are discriminatory to other professions, according to the committee report, and are not connected with the Act’s general managerial tasks.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Okiya Omtatah, Institute of Human Resource Management, and Kenya Institute of Supplies Management advocated that DG certifications be made available to people from all walks of life.

They claim that current laws discriminate against other professions that can produce qualified applicants for merit-based appointments.

*This article was written by Gerald Gekara for Uzalendo News.  Email: uzalendonews24@gmail.com to submit your story.
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