23 May 2012

Kenya: Fate of Malindi Clerk Lies With Gumo

Malindi County Council clerk who was rejected by councilors will know his fate soon after the matter was reported to the Minister for Local Government yesterday. Gabriel Kinaiya was removed out of his office early this month by councillors who accused him of not being transparent and accountable. The council chairman Anderson Kingi Ngombo and councillors held an impromptu crisis meeting with the Minister Fred Gumo at the offices and were assured that the matter would be resolved.

The 16 councilors kicked out the clerk, his deputy Gideon Mumba and treasurer Wilson Macharia saying they do not have faith with them. The councillors accused the officers of failing to account for more than Sh55 million from the Local Authority Transfer Fund for development projects. Ngombo said the officers had turned the local authority offices into their personal business premises. "We have no faith with these government officers they do not want us to be involved on any issues despite that we have a right to take part in the decision making of the council," he said.

The County Chairman said many project initiated by the council had stalled despite the fact that funds were dispersed fro that purpose, During the financial year he said they had allocated Sh. 10, million for vehicle maintenance but wondered why most of the vehicles were grounded. The acting, local government Minister who is also the Minister said he had received the complaints and promised to address the issue.

He however told the civic leaders to formalize their complaints and seek remedies first through dialogue before taking such action. Gumo then warned clerks and any County Official who would not deliver that he could face dismissal. "The times of transferring officials who messed up in their offices are long gone whoever fails to perform or cooperate with councilors he will face the wrath which may mean dismissal," he said. Earlier Kinaiya had dismissed the allegations by the councilors that they had misappropriated funds and asked them to use the proper channels to address the issues.

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