Members of the public seeking for services at the Migori County government offices have been complaining of lack of services since the arrest and subsequent detaining of Governor Okoth Obado in police cells two weeks ago.
The residents said that save for public health facilities, other offices have been abandoned by workers, many who are said to be making technical appearances at their working stations.
Worst affected are the departments of lands, accounts, roads and water where offices have turned into ghost places with most staff missing every day.
Reports have it that many of the county employees sympathetic to the embattled governor, who is facing murder charges in connection with the death of slain university student Sharon Otieno, have pitched camp in Nairobi in solidarity with their boss.
Sharon was a student at Rongo University before her body was found dumped in Kodera forest in Homa Bay County, after being abducted in Rongo town alongside a Nation Journalist, Barack Oduor.
However, last week at a press conference it was made clear that the county government was in running smoothly under the deputy governor Nelson Mwita and County Secretary, Christopher Rusana, though the two have also been very rare in their offices.
Apparently, the poor service delivery at the county government has been aggravated by the fact that most senior officials at the devolved unit have all been in Nairobi keenly following the case facing Obado.
Their move to keep off their offices has created a big loophole in supervision of junior employees who have taken to either loitering in town or staying away at home leading to the situation in these offices, said one employee who did not want to be mentioned for fear of reprisals.
The campaigns going on for the local Senatorial seat by-elections scheduled for 8th this month has also been blamed for the poor services seen at the devolved government, since many of the workers were keenly involved for the past week.
The county has seen staff divided in support of key candidates including ODM’s Ochilo Ayacko and Obado’s preferred candidate, Eddy Oketch.
We have seen employees’ sympathizing with Obado going full throttle into campaigning for Oketch every day, with those in bad books with the governor siding with Ochilo, openly running with him from morning to evening at the expense of their office duties, said John Okello, a teacher in Awendo sub county.
The director of Governor’s press unit, Nicholas Anyuor however said operations at the local government has been slightly below normal, adding that the case facing the governor could have lowered workers morale.
It is normal for people to slacken in their normal duties whenever faced with a problem of similar magnitude but workers are doing their best here to offer services to the people, explained the director.
Source: Kenya News Agency