Public service not a place for looting, Say county bosses

Top Meru County government leadership have warned those joining them in the county government to demystify the notion that public service is a place for minting quick money.

Governor Kiraitu Murungi and his Deputy Titus Ntuchiu noted on Saturday that some people were opting to quit their lucrative jobs elsewhere to serve at the county government because word has it that public service is where one makes quick riches through dubious means.

The two said that corrupt deals within their administration shall not be tolerated.

Those found culpable of financial malpractice will be sacked and handed over to the police for prosecution, warned Governor Kiraitu.

He called on his newly appointed chief officers to dismiss any dubious financial claims and procurements that are aimed at squandering government resources.

As accounting officers, feel free to cancel all those procurement processes if they do not give value for our money. If you know you can get goods and services cheaper elsewhere then it is better rather than committing government into unnecessary expensive deals, Kiraitu advised.

During interviews some applicants had indicated they were earning even three times the package being offered by the county government in the jobs they were seeking. You should discard the old mind-set that civil service is a millionaire’s breeding ground, said Ntuchiu.

He asked the new chief officers to adhere to the spirit of change noting that each of the departments had a fair share of its own challenges.

He urged chief officers to be personally accountable for the resources under their management including the number of staff under their supervision.

We are having many cases of ghost workers on our payroll. This should never happen and we shall get factual data as a cleanup exercise is expected soon, stated The DG.

The two maintained that their administration was committed to enhancing productivity hence the need to engage in lawful practices.

Kiraitu promised to organise trainings for all the county staff so that they clearly understand the county government’s operations and procedure.

I want you to ensure optimum utilization of available resources and enhance productivity and professionalism in the civil service, he added.

Source: Kenya News Agency