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Legendary producer Clemo nominated for Nairobi Chief Officer’s post

Celebrated music producer Clement Rapudo Sijenyi, popular known as Clemo, is among 33 persons who have been nominated by Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja for the position of County Chief Officer.

In a notice released to the media, the award-winning producer has been nominated to the City Culture, Arts and Tourism docket subject to vetting and approval by the County Assembly.

The 42-year-old has a career spanning decades in the entertainment industry.

He is the founder of Ngomma VAS, a video streaming platform for Kenyan artists to get exposure locally and abroad. It is also responsible for ensuring musicians get royalties through their YouTube views.

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He founded Calif Records, the record company credited with pioneering the Genge music craze. The company was started in the early 2000s with Nonini and Jua Cali, some of the biggest names in the Kenyan music scene.

County chief officers are the authorized persons in the exercise of delegated power and are answerable to the county executive committee member in their respective dockets.

The key functions of County Chief Officer will include the day-to-day administration of departmental activities and the provision of strategic policy direction for effective service delivery within the departments they are assigned to. They also implement policies and programmes within departments.

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While county executive committee members are equivalent to cabinet secretaries in the national government, chief officers are equivalent to permanent secretaries.

The power to deploy a county public officer within a department is vested in the county chief officer.

Vetting will take place on December 22, 2022, and thereafter the reports will be tabled before the house for approval.

Initially, the County Public Service Board had presented a list of 128 candidates who had expressed interest in certain positions.

The board advertised for the position last month and eligible individuals were to submit their application forms online before or on October 19, 2022.

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