Uasin Gishu: CE Finance Survives Censure Motion

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A 23 final vote against 21 delivered Finance and Economic planning County Minister Shadrack Sambai straight from the jaws of a censure motion that would have technically dealt a big blow to his proffesional career.

Had it passed, the censure motion ferociously moved by Kapsuswa/Kuinet Ward legislator Rebecca Chepchirchir Magut would have seen the County Assembly pass a vote of no confidence against the County Minister to make him the second to suffer the same fate in the first County Assembly after CE Public Service Management over the controversial sourcing of National Youth Service(NYS) services in the County.

Earlier Sergoit Ward member Moses Kipchumba Barteng had delivered a blow by blow account of the County Executive’s alleged wrongful handling of the county’s finances and urged the members to censure the CE.

Members who were in the forefront opposing the censure motion include Ziwa Ward member Hilary Keter and Megun Ward rep Peter Sugut.

Keter stirred raw emotions as differences played out when he accused some of his colleagues of engaging in witch hunt to settle political scores. He dismissed the censure motion as an evil scheme plotted by detractors of development.

Those who supported the censure motion include Langas Ward rep Francis Muya and his Shauri Moyo counterpart Peter Chomba. Suprisingly all ward reps from Turbo Constituency supported the Censure motion.

Out of the 44 members present during the heated debate, 23 voted against the motion while 21 supported and none abstained from the vote. The motion was punctuated by emotive debate and hostile interjections of points of order that stretched what would have been a normal call for a voice count to determine the outcome to a division.

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Uasin Gishu County MCA’s told to shelve censure Motion Against CE Finance Shadrack Sambai

[Photo File:CE Finance and Planning Shadrack Sambai]
Eight MCA’s have now asked their colleagues planning to pass a vote of no confidence against Finance and Economic planning County Executive Shadrack Kapkiai Sambai to shelve the plan and instead give him a chance to prove himself.

The Eight MCA’s who sought anonymity said the censure should be shelved and give Sambai more time since there was no way he could be judged based on just the three months he had served.

“All other issues are irrelevant and should not be given preference. They stand to paralyse the county’s financial operations and stall development,”said the MCA’s. Instead the MCA’s requested their colleagues to rally behind Sambai.

Addressing the Eldoret Post,at a secret consultative meeting in an Eldoret Hotel today in the morning the MCA’s who requested not to be named said those out to introduce other issues without focusing on County’s development should be treated as enemies of this county.

They also urged Governor Jackson Mandago to take control of his Cabinet and address Constitution and the fight against corruption as a team.

“Uasin Gishu County residents expect the County Government and the County Assembly to read from the same script, and move as one team united under the desire of addressing the urgent needs of this county,” said one of them.

The MCAs further expressed concern that some County leaders were being held captives of the vested interests by outside forces.They vowed to root for the continuation of Shadrack Sambai’s role as County Executive in charge of Finance.

The new developments is a reprieve to Sambai. The change of heart by most MCA’s now means Sambai may survive the Censure motion. Some Members of County Assembly who had earlier resolved to push for his dismissal have now disowned the move.

Yesterday 23 MCA’s voted for the dismissal of CE Public Service Management Margaret Jepchumba against 19 who wanted her to stay put.

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Uasin Gishu County Assembly Passes Vote of No Confidence Against CEC Margaret Chepkwony

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[photo File:Axed CE Public Service Management Margaret Jepchumba Chepkwony]

Uasin Gishu County Assembly passed a vote of no confidence against Public Service Management CEC Margaret Jepchumba Chepkwony on Thursday,after an acrimonious debate which lasted for more than six hours, late into the night.

The heated debate on wether or not CE Margaret Chepkwony should be dismissed for violation of the Public Employment Act and abuse of office culminated into a vote by division which was passed with a wide margin in which 23 MCAs supported her dismissal against 19.

The vote now means it is upto the Governor to decide whether to dismiss Margaret Chepkwony or let her stay in office against the assemblys’ wish.

In a stormy debate, majority members of the assembly supported the motion,urging the governor to dismiss the County Minister because she had disregarded the laws in single sourcing National Youth Service (NYS) services and illegal recruitment of deputy sub-county administrators among other accusations.

“We should follow the stipulated laws in whatever we undertake in this county. I want to thank the honourable members who have supported this motion because they have clearly said no to impunity,” said Kapsuswa/Kuinet Ward rep Rebecca Chepchirchir Magut who moved the motion to censure Chepkwony and demanded her immediate dismissal.

Chairman Public Service Board Joseph Tanui and CEC Finance and Economic Planning Shadrack Sambai are also facing a censure motion. The censure motion against Governor Jackson Mandago’s cabinet is being read by political observers as a vote of no confidence on his administration.

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Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago Faces Impeachment

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[Photo File: Governor Jackson Mandago]

The Uasin Gishu County Governor may soon find himself jobless after some members of Uasin Gishu County Assembly resolved to start impeachment proceedings against him.

Governor Jackson Mandago has of late been under increasing pressure from the Assembly with majority of the members expressing discontent over the manner in which he was conducting the affairs of the County Government.

And in a dramatic turn of events majority MCA’s on Wednesday announced that plans were afoot to start the process of ejecting the governor from office.

Sources revealed the MCA’s who are allegedly being led by Kapsuswa-Kuinet Ward MCA Rebecca Chepchirchir Magut have resolved to pass a vote of no confidence in Jackson Mandago, a move that could see him ultimately forced out of office.

Uasin Gishu County residents will now have to brace themselves for leadership changes in the County Government in view of the impending motion to send the governor home.

The governor is being accused of being arrogant with a habit of belittling the Members of the County Assembly by ignoring their development inputs and has made himself unavailable,unreachable and inaccessible.It is also further alleged development in the County was being done in a haphazard manner and without the input of the county residents.

Mandago also faces a strong censure over the manner in which his government has been conducting the recruitment of workers with accusation that he “dished out the jobs to his friends and political cronies.”

This new developments comes in the wake of a Censure Motion that has been tabled in the Assembly to axe three top County Officials.

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Uasin Gishu: Nurses Strike Enters Day Two

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[Photo File:Uasin Gishu Health Minister Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria]

Operations in Uasin Gishu District Hospital remains paralysed after the nurses’ strike entered day two today.

The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has remained adamant that the nurses’ strike will remain on until Uasin Gishu County Government gives in to their demands.

KNUN Secretary General John Bii has said that nurses will not resume their duties until the County Government addresses their three months salary delay.

The union is accusing Uasin Gishu County Government and specifically officials in charge of health for not paying nurses under the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) for the last three months.

Bii said the County Government has refused to absorb and pay nurses who were transferred to the county and have been offering services.

‘The County Government is mistaken to think that by threatening and intimidating nurses, we will abandon our cause,’ said Bii

Bii was referring to statements by County Secretary Peter Leley and Health County Executive Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria that the strike is illegal as the County did not recognize KNUN.The two insist that the County Government had not signed or entered into any agreement with Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN).

As the stalemate between the county government and nurses over three months pay delay continues, patients will have to seek treatment services from other alternative hospitals until the issue is resolved.

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Uasin Gishu County Assembly Freezes New County Employments to Check Wage Bill

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[County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer]

Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Isaac Terer has said the County Assembly has suspended with immediate effect employment of any new staff by the County Government.

Speaking in his office,Terer said the assembly made the decision to cut on the wage bill.Terer has also asked Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago to revoke and immediately recall all persons who had been hired as Deputy Sub-County Administrators as those position are not provided for in the constitution.

The speaker said employment in the county must be streamlined to avoid duplication of roles and done within law. He said employees within the county should be vetted and rationalised so as to avoid such illegal absorptions.

He said the creation of Sub-County Administrators by the County government was unconstitutional.

Terer further revealed that the County Assembly Public Management Committee is currently investigating concerns that the County Government was engaging in nepotism and favouritism in employment.

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Uasin Gishu County Assemby Summons County Public Service Board over Nepotism

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[photo File:Chairman County Public Service Board Joseph Tanui]

Uasin Gishu County Government has now come under heavy criticism over alleged nepotism and favouritism in employment.

Uasin Gishu county assembly has summoned the County’s Public Service Board officials to explain claims that only people from one community and certain families are being employed in the county.

County Assembly Leader of Minority Ramadhan Werambo Ali has said there have been many complaints from the public over some communities being sidelined in county jobs.

Werambo said it was unfair since there were many communities living in Uasin Gishu County yet only certain people benefitted from the jobs which have already been filled.Werambo said the
Public Service Board which is chaired by Joseph Tanui is being influenced by certain individuals.

Speaker of the county assembly Isaac Terer who distanced himself from the row said thet county administration has an obligation to stick to the stipulated law when hiring staff.

Members of the Senate Devolution Committee, which is chaired by Elgeiyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen,have also come out to warn counties to stop entrenching tribalism and nepotism through employment in counties.

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Treasury Boss Rejects Uasin Gishu KSh500 Million Loan for Roads;says it is Illegal

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[Photo File: Governor Mandago,Members of County assembly and County Executive at a past event]

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has rejected plans by Uasin Gishu county government to borrow Ksh500 million loan from Kenya Commercial bank to purchase roads construction equipment.

Speaking to journalists in Eldoret town on Monday, Rotich said the move was illegal and his office would not approve the loan.

The deal to borrow the loan from Kenya Commercial Bank has already been approved by the Uasin Gishu county assembly despite opposition from some members who said the plan was unnecessary and would overburden the taxpayers.

Uasin Gishu County assembly Speaker Isaac Terer was among those who advised the county government against the move saying any borrowing by the county had to be approved by the national government and should not exceed five per cent of the last audited accounts of the assembly.

Commission on Revenue Allocation Chairman Micah Cheserem had also told counties not to borrow within the first three years but MCAs and the county executive ignored the advisory.

The deal by the county government would have guaranteed MCAs to acquire Sh5 million loan each payable with a 3 per cent interest.The MCAs approved the Sh500 million loan to the county after having been awarded their personal loans. About Ksh140 million interest will accrue on the Ksh500 million, as the money will attract an annual interest of 7.8 per cent for three years.

Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago has however come out to strongly defend the deal saying the county needs its own equipment to maintain roads in the county.He said the rates at which they would get the loan from the bank were very reasonable.

Governor Mandago said the county government did not have enough money to buy the machines. He added that the county had to invest for the roads saying the only way the county will develop is by having good roads.

He lamented that the county was using millions of shillings to repair old graders and it was time to acquire new ones.

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