Garissa CEC Health Qiuzzed Over Professional Background

The vetting of the seven Garissa County Executive Committee nominees entered its second day today with health candidate being put to task over his professional background.

Ahmednahir Omar who is not a health professional but has a rich background in ICT was picked by Governor Ali Korane to head the crucial health docket.

Defending his professionalism before an 11 member vetting committee chaired by the speaker Ibrahim Abass, Omar said the fact that he has a background on ICT will not in any way affect his managerial skills at the health docket.

I might be an ICT professional but I have held managerial positions for many years in various fields and in any case ICT is applicable everywhere as a management tool in virtually all sectors as the world continues to embrace technology, Omar said.

Omar said worldwide, ICT was being applied in records management, procurement, personnel, distribution of goods and service delivery, something he noted will come in handy in improving efficiency and service delivery in the health sector.

The nominee was also questioned over his closeness to the governor having been his running mate in the 2013 polls.

The committee wanted to know whether the association would compromise his service delivery but responding Omar said he will be guided by the constitution and not his connection with the governor.

He further noted that top on his agenda if confirmed will be to open negotiations with the striking nurse with a view to resolving the over 100 days stalemate that has paralyzed the health sector.

The nominee added that he will work closely with the relevant departments, institutions and the national government to curb the mushrooming pharmacies that have been a concern to the area residents.

All the six nominees were vetted by the end of business. The three late nominees will be vetted next week after their names are gazetted.

Source: Kenya News Agency