, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Two Machakos County ministers have been sent on a three-month compulsory leave in major changes undertaken by Governor Alfred Mutua.
The two are Eng. Francis Maliti (Water) and Larry Wambua (Public Services).
Grace Munguti was also appointed as the acting County Secretary to replace Francis Mwaka who is facing court charges related to abuse of office.
The Special Programmes Chief Officer Lemi Muia was however sacked.
Decentralised Units Minister Kioko Wa Luka will act as the Water Minister while Education Minister Hellen Kiilu will act as the Public Services Minister.
Trade Minister Sunil Dhall will manage the Energy docket while Faith Wathome, Tourism Minister will assist in managing the garbage collection docket.
Mutua also reshuffled four Chief Officers; Eng. Morris Aluanga was moved to Special Programmes from Roads, Nicholas Makau from Irrigation to Cooperatives and Catherine Nzila from Decentralised Units to the Office of the Governor for deployment.
Two other senior officers, Peter Kimeu, the Chief Mechanical Engineer and David Mbatha the Director Roads were suspended indefinitely.
He also appointed Eng. Julius Muigai as the acting Chief Officer Roads.
The CEOs of the Machakos and Mavoko Water Companies Raphael Mutie and Michael Mangeli were sent on a two month compulsory leave for alleged incompetence that has led to water shortage in Machakos and Athi River.
Mutua who addressed a news conference in his office said the changes were informed by lethargy, corruption, insubordination, sabotage and laxity among the affected staff.
He said corruption had slowed down growth and prosperity of the county lamenting that some staff were demanding for kickbacks before payments and even stealing pipes meant for irrigation schemes to their homes.
“I will not tolerate any form of corruption in my government, “he said.
He warned corrupt staff that their days were numbered and those implicated will certainly face the law.
Mutua said his government has partnered with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to deal with corruption cases.
“If you want to be corrupt, move away from Machakos,” he said.
He warned that some officials were working with his ‘detractors’ thus disrupting the development agenda.
He warned that officers unable to keep up with the speed of his Maendeleo Chap Chap ideology had no option but to ship out.
“The concept and implementation is way above their head and they are still in the old traditional government service comforts that are not applicable in a fast moving Machakos,” he lamented.
The Machakos Governor also appointed a Task Force to investigate the workings of the Machakos and Mavoko water companies in a bid to study and recommend ways to end the perennial water shortage in Machakos City, Athi River, Syokimau and Mlolongo areas.
The team was given 10 days to finalise its mandate.
A leading Machakos hotelier Alfonce Kioko will chair the Task Force which has six other members.