, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – The Kiambu County Assembly has now advertised the position of the Speaker following the removal of Nick Ndichu from office.
Interim Clerk Vincent Karumba indicated in an advertisement that those interested in the post may collect nomination papers which should be returned within a week.
“Interested persons who qualify to be elected as Members of the County Assembly but are not such members are therefore invited to collect nomination papers from the Office of the Interim Clerk of Kiambu County Assembly on Thursday 27th February 2014 during working hours and return them on or before Thursday 6th March 2014 at twelve noon to pave way for elections on Monday, March 10 2014 starting at 2pm,” he said in the statement.
Applicants will be required to submit their CVs and other testimonials, clearance certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board, certificate of good conduct and a compliance certificate from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Ndichu was sacked on Tuesday following the approval of a motion by Members of the County Assembly accusing him of misuse of county funds. Some members also accused him of arrogance.
He was indicted for authorising the finance department to pay for his costs to Brazil totalling to Sh530,000 for an annual Law Society of Kenya retreat on November 30, 2013 which was not sanctioned by the Interim Clerk of the Assembly and was also not a part of his work.
He was further accused of failing to follow the provisions in the Public Procurement and Disposal Act by ignoring a list of suppliers that had been prequalified by the Assembly and single handedly picking a law firm of his choice to represent the assembly in a legal suit.
The Speaker was also accused of intimidation and using derogatory language to the members and one time told a member to use what was “between his ears.”