16 November 2012

Kenya: Kitui Clerk Moved After Two-Month Stint in Office

The Kitui county clerk Micheal Kimwele has been transferred after two months in office.

Kimwele, who has had a hostile relationship with civic leaders, was moved to the Meru Municipal Council. For the past few weeks, councillors led by Manguye had opposed Kimwele's stay in Kitui.

They accused him of stalling the LATF projects since his arrival in September. The councillors said he looked down on them. Kimwele faced opposition from the councillors since he was posted to Kitui in September.

Upon his arrival, the civic leaders made attempts to stop him from taking over from his predecessor Douglas Obiria. However, their efforts to have Obiria retained failed leading to his taking off before formally handing over office to Kimwele. Kimwele stopped all direct petty cash payments to staff and councillors because they were used to siphon council funds.

Further, he opposed unjustified payment of stipends to councillors who had not spent the night outside Kitui.

The blocking of the night out allowance and his opposition of payments to councillors who had turned into contractors for council LATF projects caused resentment among the leaders.

Kimwele's move comes at a time when Kitui CIDs are investigating threats on his life.

Last week, he filed a complaint claiming that a councillor George Kililiku had threatened him with "dire consequences" if he continues to serve at the Kitui council.

Police boss Lilian Okembo said CID officers had interrogated Kililiku and county chairman John Mang'uye.

"If any offence will be disclosed, then we will take the culprits to court to face the law," she said.

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