143 village administrators vow to sue County Board for issuing them with dismissal letters

Tharaka-Nithi County Public Service Board on Friday issued dismissal letters to 143 village administrators hired eight months ago.

According to the letter signed by the Board chairman, Mr. Stephen Mitugo, the workers were dismissed a week ago on grounds that they were illegally employed.

The letter said the board decided to fire the administrators after a three days’ thorough review of the appointments between October 6 and 9.

The County Public Service Board has terminated your appointment with immediate effect as it was illegal, read the letter in part adding that the workers had not performed any duty for the last eight months they had been in the office.

The letter said mistakes were made in the appointments as all the adminstrators did not qualify for the posts or fulfiled the requirements of Chapter 6 of the constitution.

The board directed the County Human Resource Department to pay the dismissed workers’ salaries for October only.

In a recent press briefing, Governor Muthomi Njuki said almost all the 143 administrators did not meet the academic qualifications including a post form four course.

Majority of the administrators are class eight drop outs who were illegally hired by the previous government, said Mr. Njuki.

The workers have however denied they were hired illegally and vowed to proceed to the court to challenge the decision.

We all applied and were called for the interviews after which we were legally appointed. We will challenge this because we followed the legal procedure of application, Mr. Mbae Kirimi, one of the administrators told Kenya News Agency.

We are surprised that the same board that interviewed and appointed us is the same board saying we are not qualified, he added.

Source: Kenya News Agency