The Taita-Taveta county assembly has drafted a bill that seeks to reduce crime in the region right from the village level.
Taita-Taveta County Village Administrative Units Bill 2016 will create 101 village administrative units across the four sub-counties of Voi, Mwatate, Wundanyi and Taveta.
The village councils will be responsible for arresting and taking action against serial offenders who are caught committing crimes, and prevent the same from happening.
The council will also maintain updated register on all the residents of a village for purposes of planning for projects by the county government.
The village administrator who will be appointed by the County Public Service Board will be the chair of the village council.
Speaking to KNA on Tuesday, area governor John Mruttu lauded the Bill stating that it will help streamline service delivery in all the villages in the region.
He called for the residents to offer their contribution to the Bill which he said seeks to take the development impact of the devolved government to the grassroots.
“We need the people to come out and give suggestions on how they want their villages to be governed,” he said.
Mwatate sub-county will have the highest number of village units at 28. Voi and Wundanyi will have 24 village units each, while Taveta will have 25 units. According to the Bill, villages deemed to be close are merged to form a unit.
The Bill also will have Village Units Delineation Committees which will review village boundaries and renaming the village units.
Members of the village council are expected to be paid salaries that will be debated and determined by the county assembly. Each member of the council will only serve a non-renewable term of five years.
Mr. Charo Juma, an elder at Karambe village, welcomed the idea but warned that the selection to the councils be done transparently so that only competent people will be council members.
He noted that the salary factor might lead some unfit people to start canvassing to be appointed to the councils.
“The elders who have been managing the villages should be given first priority when the councils are formed. This is to show appreciation for what we have been doing,” he said