Turkana County Assembly passes Precedence Act

Lodwar, Turkana central

Turkana County Assembly has passed a law that will allow the Governor and other senior county officials to use flags and sirens on their motorcades and processions.

Others who will enjoy the privileges include the deputy governor, the Speaker of the County Assembly, the County Attorney and the County Executive Committee Members.

The Turkana County Order of Precedence Act states that any other person apart from those allowed by the statutes; who uses the county flag on a motor vehicle commits an offense and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not less than Shs. 100,000 and not more than Sh. 250,000, to imprisonment for a term not less than three months or both fine and imprisonment.

“Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, the following state officers shall be entitled to use the County Flag and Sirens on the motorcades and processions- The Governor, the deputy governor, the Speaker of the County Assembly, the County Attorney and the County Executive Committee Member,” the Act states.

The Act which also establishes an order of precedence for the holders of county state and public offices ranks The Bishops of Churches higher than the County Executive Committee Members, County Secretary and the county police service commanders.

The order of precedence according to the Act shall be used to, “determine and rank state officers, county officers and public officers; develop seating charts, programmes and the order in which national and county government officials deliver address at national and county functions.”

“The Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator, Speaker of the County Assembly, The Woman MP, MPs, MCAs, The County Commissioner, The Bishop of Churches, County Attorney, Chairpersons of County Boards, County Police Service Commanders, County Secretary, County Executive Committee Members, The Clerk County Assembly, Members of County Boards and Committees, County Chief Officers, Directors of County Departments, Distinguished Council of Elders members,” is the hierarchy according to the Act.

The Act also stipulates on the use of titles used to refer to the state officers. The governor and his deputy shall be referred to as “his/her Excellency the Governor” and “His/Her Excellency the Deputy Governor,” respectively.

The senator, the speaker of the county assembly, woman member of Parliament, members of parliament, members of the county assembly shall be referred to as, “Honourable Senator,” “The Right Honourable Speaker,” Honourable Woman MP,” “Honourable,” “Honourable,” respectively.

The spouses of the governor and the deputy governor will be referred to as, “My County lady” and “My lady” respectively.

According to The County Order of Precedence Act, 2014 a person who uses a title in contravention to the law shall be liable on conviction to a fine more than Shs. 100,000 or imprisonment for a term not less than three months or both.

A state or public officer who violates the Act are liable to a fine of not less than Shs. 500,000 and not more than Shs. 250,000, imprisonment for a term not less than six months or both such fine and imprisonment.

Any other person other than a state or public officer who contravenes this law shall be liable for conviction to a fine not less than Shs. 100,000 and not more than Shs. 200,000, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both such fine and imprisonment.






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