MACHAKOS, Kenya, Jul 29 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says he will not relent in his effort to ensure effective public service delivery through staff changes if need be.
Mutua who was responding to protests over his sacking of health service workers in Machakos County, said he would not be arm twisted into, “going slow,” on those who did not make good on their terms of engagement.
“Government officials who are working in Machakos county will need to be responsible for their work. If you’ve been given a job to do, you’re an engineer, you’re a medical doctor, driver, nurse, mechanic, an ECD teacher, whatever job you do, you are expected to work for mwananchi (the citizen),” he said at a gathering of county officials at the Machakos Youth Centre.
On Monday, a section of doctors from the Machakos Level Five hospital downed their tools and marched to the Governor’s office demanding he addresses them.
They were protesting alleged harassment and poor working conditions.
“I will have no mercy, I will have no retreat,” Mutua said in response.
On July 18 Mutua appointed Kimeu wa Kimeu as his Quality Assurance Advisor and on Thursday appointed former State House controller Hyslop Ipu as head of a county anti-graft body.
“Mutua said his Cabinet had approved the setting up of a county anti-corruption body to check graft in all institutions in his government,” communication from his office reads.