The Nakuru County government on Wednesday commenced a vetting exercise of ward administrators and their deputies, a week after more than 100 senior county workers were sent on compulsory leave to pave way for an alleged staff audit.
Area governor, Lee Kinyanjui was reported to have suspended senior officers who had been employed by his predecessor to facilitate a staff audit and job evaluation.
Following the governor’s decision, the 115 affected workers have obtained a court order from the Labour and Environment court seeking to stop the County government from sending them on compulsory leave.
However, the Naivasha Professional Association (NPA) which has come to the defense of the County staff has called on Kinyanjui to urgently constitute his cabinet to enable residents’ access services from the County government.
The association regretted that the decision to send the senior staff on leave has demoralized workers, while residents were not getting services commensurate to taxes they pay to the county.
Addressing the press in Naivasha on Tuesday, the association CEO, Absolom Mukuusi said they were eagerly waiting for the new County government and asked the governor to ensure the government was all inclusive and a representative of the eleven sub-counties.
We are expecting the governor to nominate qualified people with integrity so that Nakuru can regain its lost glory, he said.
Mukuusi further said the issue of the suspended workers should also be resolved urgently to avoid protracted legal battles that could easily retard development and a costly affair to tax payers.
According to one of the suspended workers who sought anonymity for security reasons, the incoming team had directed them to hand over their documents before the end of the week, which many of them have complied with.
He admitted that some of those employed mainly as sub-county administrators did not have confirmation letters from the outgoing county government, confirming rumours that most of these workers were political appointees of the former governor as a reward for their loyalty.
Source: Kenya News Agency