COUNTY ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES
Section 14 (1)(b) of the County Governments Act, 2012 provides that, “Subject to the standing orders, a County Assembly may establish committees in such a manner and for such general or special purposes as it considers fit, and regulate the procedure of any committee so established”. Assembly Committees are smaller units or groups of MCAs that allow the Assembly to perform several functions simultaneously. Committees provide the opportunity for more detailed investigation and discussion of issues before the findings and outcomes are presented as reports to the Assembly in plenary for debate and adoption.
There are three types of Committees in the County Assembly of Tana River namely: Standing or Sectoral Committees, Select Committees and Ad Hoc Select Committees
1) Standing/ Sectoral Committees : These are committees aligned to the County departments.In this current assembly are: (1) Lands,physical planning,Agriculture,Fisheries,Livestock and Veterinary service (2)Health and Sanitation (3) Trade,cooperative development,tourism and industrialization (4) Education,Youth,Sports,Gender and Social Service (5) Finance and Economic Planning (6) Water,Energy,Environment and Natural Resources (7) Public Service Management, Administration and Information Communication and Technology (8) Roads,Public Works, Housing and Urbanization
2) Select Committees are categorized into two: (1) Statutory Committees and Watch Dog Committees
Statutory Committees : These are established by stature to perform functions assigned by the said law. In this current assembly they are: (1) Budget and Appropriation (2) Powers and Privileges (3) Appointments (4) Delegated county legislation (5) Car loan and mortgage (6)Bursary
Watch Dog Committees : these are established to ensure expenditure of funds is in accordance with the law and prevent misappropriation of funds. In this current Assembly they are: (1) Public Accounts & Investment (2) Implementation (3) Housekeeping Committees : these are established to ensure smooth running of Assembly business and oversee certain aspects of Assembly operations. In this current Assembly are: (1) House Rules and Business (2)Selection (3)Liaison (4)Welfare
3) Ad Hoc Select Committees : These are temporary Committees established for a Special purpose.