The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kwale Reps Block Hiring of County Medics, Teachers

KWALE assembly members have passed a motion to stop the County Public Service Board from interviewing potential health workers and recruiting 300 nursery school teachers.

The motion was moved in the county assembly on Friday last week by nominated representative Suleiman Nzala. The motion sough to stop the recruitment until the labour committee tables its report on nepotism allegations raised against the board.

The labour committee is investigating the complaints made by residents. Nzala's motion was seconded by Gombato ward representative Omar Boga while Kasemeni ward representative Anthony Yama opposed it.

Yama tried to convince the house that the notion is against standing order 46 which states that a motion cannot be moved in the assembly if another motion relating to the same matter is before the House.

"We have a motion which was moved here and the issue of the CPSB is being investigated by the labour committee. We cannot discuss another motion on the same issues," he said.

Majority of the county assembly members supported the motion dividing the house into two groups until they were forced to vote. Those opposing the motion got 12 votes while its supporters got 16.

Yama said the motion is not good for Kwale residents as it denies them a chance to have nursery school teachers and health workers on time. Puma ward representative James Dawa was among the 12 MCAs who opposed the motion.

He said said many Kwale residents expected to get enough health workers and nursery school teachers. "Those who supported the motion had their personal issues with the board. They did not do it for the sake of Kwale people," Dawa said.

But Nzala said he moved the motion for the interests of Kwale people and not because of his interests. "If the board was being investigated I saw it was not right for them to continue interviews and recruit more county workers because the issues which were raised would continue to occur," he said.

Kwale county assembly clerk Denis Mutui said they will write a letter to the CPSB to ensure no more interviews and recruitment is done. "The letter will be instructing the board to adhere to the assembly's decision. We will communicate officially," he said.

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