Biased hiring in Nyandarua raises concern, Governor Kimemia reveals
About 100 people working in Nyandarua county government are relatives, Governor Francis Kimemia revealed yesterday.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the International Day for Anti-Corruption at the Nyayo Stadium in Ol Kalou town, accused senior county officials in the past regime of hiring relatives, friends and cronies.
“Because of nepotism and corruption, most people working in the County government are members of the same family yet some wards have no single person employed in the county government,” he said.
Kimemia directed the County Public Service Board to make sure there is equity in employment so that all wards have people working for the county.
Reacting to calls by the County Speaker, Ndegwa Wahome that the county clears pending bills, the Governor said, “Mimi sio mjinga nilipe watu waende wakagawane pesa huko nje,” (I am not stupid to pay (the bills) so that people share the money out there).
The Speaker had said the County should pay the bills “to save property from being auctioned because some businessmen had defaulted on loans which they had taken to do business with the county government.”
Kimemia said he was not stupid to fall into the same trap that saw his predecessor land in court.
He urged the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate if actually the former Governor, Daniel Waithaka benefitted from the Sh50 million that was paid to an Israeli company to do a water master plan.
“The governor might not have benefitted from the money but those who shared the loot are still free,” he said.
County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich said his administration had been able to dismantle cartels operating in the civil registry offices in the area and vowed to ensure similar groups operating in the County Land Registry are also dismantled.
Cherutich joined other speakers to appeal for unity among elected leaders if development was to be realised.