The Star (Nairobi)

31 March 2014

Kenya: Hiring of New Staff By Uasin Gishu Suspended

UASIN GISHU county assembly has suspended employment of new staff by the county government. Speaking to the yesterday, speaker Isaac Terer said the decision was made to cut on the wage bill.

Terer asked Governor Jackson Mandago to revoke all persons whom had been employed as deputy subcounty administrators as those position are not provided for by in the constitution.

The speaker said employment in the county must be rationalised to avoid duplication of roles and done within law. "We want employees within the county to be vetted and rationalised so as to avoid duplication of roles," Terer said. He said the county government has created the position of deputy subcounty administrators, which is illegal.

Terer said public management committee is currently investigating concerns that the county government is engaging in nepotism and favouritism in employment.

Uasin Gishu county assembly has summoned the county's Public Service Board officials to explain claims that only people from one community and certain families are being employed in the county.

Leader of Minority Ramadhan Werambo Ali has said there have been many complaints from the public over some communities being sidelined in county jobs.

Werambo said it is unfair as there were many communities living in Uasin Gishu county yet only certain people benefitted from the jobs which have already been filled. He said the board, which is chaired by Joseph Tanui, is being influenced by certain individuals.

Members of the Senate Devolution Committee, chaired by Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, have also come out to warn counties to stop entrenching tribalism and nepotism through employment in counties.

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