Stop engaging in politics, Migori politician tells state officers

A Migori politician Oluoch Nyamula has accused state officers of engaging in politics saying it is against the spirit of the Kenya constitution.

A Migori politician Oluoch Nyamula has accused state officers of engaging in politics saying it is against the spirit of the Kenya constitution.

Mr.Nyamula who has declared interest in the Migori senatorial seat has also warned politicians in the country to stop early campaigns for the 2017 polls and focus on development.

The politician particularly singled out state officers in the parastatals whom he accused of using state resources to launch early campaigns for various seats in the areas.

Nyamula who spoke to the press in Awendo town said state officers should resign before engaging in politics.

In Migori and Nyanza region at large, he claimed that there were already signs of parastatal heads and other senior state officers who were actively engaging in open campaigns for political seats while still holding their jobs.

Said Nyamula, “Already several state officers are busy meeting party delegates and attending functions to drum up support for their elective positions. These moves are going against the constitution.”

He said the pre-mature campaigns risk raising confusion ahead of party nominations and elections as most aspirants risk being barred.

“We have laws in place to check this and they should not cry foul when they will be locked out,” added Nyamula.

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.

By Pauline Odondi/George Agimba