Panic grips Kisii County Government staff after five senior officials are suspended

Panic has gripped Kisii County Government employees after the  County Secretary was sent on compulsory leave, and suspension of three chief officers for what insiders claimed was a result of alleged gross misconduct.

The latest developments come hot on the heels of another suspension of the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Administration Dr Alfred Ndemo, on alleged gross misconduct and misuse of public office.

After the County Secretary, James Ntabo was sent on compulsory leave, he resigned in a huff. Barely a week later, three Chief Officers(COs) were sent packing.

“I wish to inform you that I will be exiting from the County Government of Kisii with effect from January 31, 2024 at the expiry of my resignation notice,” read the resignation letter by the County Secretary.

The letter addressed to the governor and his deputy went on to read, “I therefore wish to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for the support you gave me during my tenure as County Secretary and Head of Public Service. May the God Lord continue blessing you and our county government as we celebrate Christmas and a happy new year 2024. Bye.”

The suspension of the five senior staff has sent employees at the devolved unit in panic with some worried that they could be the next victims.

With the new Public Service Board in place, more changes are expected in the coming year.

The Kisii County government had run for months without a Board after the former Chairperson and members moved to court to contest their impeachment and consequent appointment of a new one.

The running of the county without a substantive Board made operations very difficult, especially matters pertaining to staff.

Kisii County Governor Simba Arati recently explained that he had not sacked any staff despite numerous claims he had sent home some employees and denied others their salaries.

“Now it is the time to fix our civil service system. Staff who are not working should be sent home. We want people to deliver,” said the County Chief.

The governor said the swearing in of the new Board is a new dawn for many staff who suffered under the former regime.

“You now do not need to know anyone for you to be promoted. Many deserving employees have stagnated in the same job groups because they did not know anyone. Your hard work will now determine your promotion,” said Mr Arati.

To the new Board members, the governor told them to be professional and with integrity, warning that intimidations and threats from naysayers will be the order of the day.

“There shall be uproar, but do not look back, be very firm, just do your work faithfully and honestly. You will make enemies who will even want to kill you, but focus on your work,” Governor Arati said.

He asked the new Board to weed out the existing ghost workers and ordered a payroll cleanup to ensure only staff with genuine qualifications work at the devolved unit.

He said a biometrical system would be installed to help keep records of employees’ work attendance by use of staff loggings, in and out of office across all departments in the county.

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