, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission says newly elected governors are within their rights to sack County Executives and Chief Officers.
NCIC Chairman Francis ole Kaparo on Friday said that according to the Constitution, the positions are political in nature and those who serve do so at the pleasure of the governor who is currently in office.
His statement follows a huge outcry over the move by a number of governors across the country to fire officials who were deemed disloyal to them during the polls.
“Generally the County Executive Committee members are naturally expected to be serving at the pleasure and during the duration of the incumbent governor and that’s what the law says and then cease to hold office upon the resumption of office by a new governor but there are also civil service who are the chief officers and are less political in their appointments,” said Kaparo.
He however said that there should not be victimization of other members of staff within the counties who have been categorized as civil servants and enjoy various schemes of service.
“But there are general civil servants appointed by the County Public Service Board ought to be left intact and we shouldn’t be criminalize them because they were appointed at particular time when a particular governor was in office and we want public servants to be respected,” added Kaparo.
This comes after the Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe on Thursday said that governors should allow smooth transition in accordance with the constitution which states that “the executive committee of the county as last constituted remains competent to perform administrative functions until new executive committee is constituted after the election.”
Counties that have declared their intention to send some of their staff packing include Machakos and Tharaka Nithi where over 400 and 100 workers respectively have been sent on compulsory leave pending the determination of their fates.