KAKAMEGA governor Wycliffe Oparanya has started lobbying for approval of his nominees to senior county jobs. Oparanya met with members of the county assembly last Thursday at their chambers to seek support from them.
Some MCAs, who attended the private session, said Oparanya wants to consult them in identifying suitable candidates to avoid hitches in the hiring process.
"We met the governor in a kamkunji and we were categorical that we shall reject the nominees for the top jobs if he picks our opponents," said one MCA who declined to be named. The MCAs said they must be involved in selecting those to be appointed as ward administrators.
They said they had information that Oparanya was planning to name their political opponents as ward administrators to undermine them.
The county administration has already advertised the positions for sub-county and ward administrators. The deadline for application of the jobs ended last Friday.
The applicants are supposed to be shortlisted and interviewed by the county Public Service Board before they are vetted and approved by the county assembly.
The MCAs also took the governor to task over his decision to distribute cheques to schools in the county. "We told the governor that was not his job but he defended himself. We will face him again with sufficient evidence," said another MCA.
The MCAs are demanding to know the source of the money that Oparanya was giving to schools as education has not been devolved yet.