NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has suspended five officials from the City Inspectorate Department for disorderly conduct and ordered a full audit of the unit.
The officials were caught on camera allegedly extorting, battering and hurling insults at the public while under the influence of alcohol.
“It is alleged that the officers were discharging their duties under the influence of alcohol and therefore unable to relate well with those who they are suppose to render their service to,” Kidero said in a press statement.
The governor also stressed that such action will not be condoned from any employee as it goes against his pledge to ensure consistent order to change the negative perception of residents towards the county office.
“For the aforementioned officers I would like to take stern measures by suspending them with immediate effect until further notice. I would also like to warn any other officer against involving him/herself in such misconduct as it will attract tough penalties,” he stated.
He also indicated that the audit is meant to curb any collusion between the current workers and those that have been already fired or suspended to extort the public.
He stated that top on his priority as governor is to get rid of the mess created by the officials of the now defunct City Council of Nairobi.
“In my seven pillars of working strategy and implementation of service delivery as enshrined in the new Constitution, I pledged to ensure consistent order to change the negative perception of residents towards the County office formerly known as the City Council of Nairobi. This change will begin by the County employees themselves,” he emphasised.
He added that city askaris will also be subjected to thorough training to pave way for Metropolitan Police who will discharge duties to the public including control of traffic and maintaining law and order.
Following his election, Kidero has embarked on an exercise which has seen the suspension of top City Hall officials as a result of graft.
In April, four senior City Hall officials were dismissed for being involved in the fraudulent delivery of a Sh180 million worth of supplies that were never received.
He had further ordered the investigation of 25 companies for engaging in corrupt business practices.