NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 13 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has suspended six officials over alleged corruption and inefficiency in their duties.
The Governor said that the officers have engaged in massive fraud and sabotage resulting to revenue loss and the slowing down of effective service delivery in the county.
The six include Stephen Makena who is a Valuer, Stephen Ndavi, a land Registrar, Maryanne Gikunda a physical Planner, Alfred Kitoo in the budgets office, Rose Kimeu an education specialist and Samuel Kariu an internal auditor.
“I have been very shocked to learn that some officers have been continuing to engage in massive fraud and sabotage of our programs,” Mutua stated.
“Today I have suspended the following officers with immediate effect to pave way for our investigations and allow the County Public Service to recruit people who wish to join us in this great journey to quickly make Machakos the place to be,” he said.
Mutua indicated that he has also reshuffled 16 senior officers so as to improve efficiency and to strengthen revenue collection.
“There are some officers that we found working here in Machakos who have been unable to keep up with the pace of the county government. They are still going slowly and we have already taken off in our development agenda,” he said.
“Others ask for bribes and perform their duties fraudulently. This necessitated the action that I have taken to fire some people and re-shuffle others.”
He emphasised that he will continue to streamline the County Government to ensure effective service provision to Machakos residents.
“There is a lot of poverty and many problems in our country especially since many young people do not have jobs and their level of progress is low. It is imperative that there be radical and meaningful changes so that our people can benefit properly,” he stated.
“Those who have been given responsibilities should do their work in a way that is required and not demanding bribes.”
He stated that to fight the yoke of suffering and slavery of apathy, leaders of governments, have to accelerate the growth of their economies and provision of services.
“In Machakos we are committed to changing how things are done and transforming the lives of our people because God did not create any of us to sleep hungry, to die from preventable diseases or to suffer in abject poverty. However, we will not succeed in Machakos if corrupt, inefficient Officers continue to slow us down,” he said.
“As a new government, we have inherited some officers who, it has become clear, are not able to match our vision with some of them even pulling in the opposite direction of where I and my Government are heading,” he added.