Stop engaging in politics, County Commissioner tells state officers

Migori County Commissioner (CC), Joseph Rotich has cautioned Civil Servants against engaging in politics, saying it is against the spirit of the current Kenya constitution.

Rotich at the same time, told politicians in the county to stop inciting youths against their opponents during their campaigns for the sake of peace and tranquillity in the region.

The administrator particularly asked chiefs to remain neutral by serving all Kenyans irrespective of their affiliations, warning that severe punishment will be slapped on those found playing politics at any level.

He said that the constitution was clear on how civil Servants and state officers are to remain non-partisan, explaining that they should first resign from their jobs before engaging in politics.

Briefing the KNA on the state of security of the area ahead of the August 8 polls, Rotich said security had been beefed up in all parts of the county to ensure peace prevails before, during and after the polls.

We have reports that some government officers are attending functions to drum up support for their preferred candidates. These moves are going against the constitution, he said.

According to Leadership and Integrity Act 2012 section 23, a state officer must not act as agent or manifest support for or against a political party or candidate in an election.

An appointed State officer or public officer shall not engage in any political activity that may compromise or be seen to compromise political neutrality of the office subject to any laws relating to elections, Section 2 reads.

Rotich appealed for peaceful campaigns and urged politicians to sell their agenda instead of using youths to attack their rivals.

The county has been identified among many others as hotspots for chaos during and after the current electioneering period.

Source: Kenya News Agency