Relief to 78 health workers sacked by Governor Mandago’s administration as court orders that they be reinstated

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An Industrial Court in Nakuru on Friday ordered  Governor Jackson Mandago’s administration to reinstate 78 health workers who were sacked last year.
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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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Governor Mandago’s Foreign Trips Draining County Coffers;Editorial

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[Photo File:(ABOVE)Governor Jackson Mandago and Trade Minister Philip Melly in Scottsdale USA| (BELOW) Mandago and his delegation in Phoenix Arizona]

Governor Jackson Mandago was last week in the far West in the latest in a series of whirlwind foreign trips to the US raising questions about what the County leader seeks to achieve with this gruelling “investor seeking” missions.

It is about time we audit his frequent trips outside the country.Since late last year, he has escalated his globe-trotting and frequented United States at least three times.In his series of overseas trips, Mandago is sometimes taking with him dozens of hangers-on.

The costs of the trips — borne by taxpayers — are difficult to measure,but they are expensive amid indications by the Auditor general that governors gobbled up 1 billion on foreign trips.

Benefits of Mandago’s foreign trips are hard to gauge. While we consistently lament that high budget overruns on foreign travel, we should question why millions are being blown on the same raising the county government’s total recurrent expenditure.

Though all county leaders are all collectively blowing millions on travel alone, it is Mandago’s frequent foreign trips that are draining the already depleted county coffers. The governor should have mercy for his county.

At a time when we are crying for good roads, at a time we are facing shortage in school fees, at a time we are begging for more funding from the central goverment why do we still misuse the little we have? Are these overseas trips really benefiting the county?

All these travel are non-value adding if they do not translate into the county’s prosperity.The international visits will chew millions while we claim bench-marking without knowledge and skills transfer.

Section 30 of the County Government Act that sets out the powers and functions of the governors mandates the governor to provide leadership to the governance of the county,and his administration. More precisely,Section 30(3) states that the governor shall be accountable for the use and management of the county’s resources.

We should therefore hold Governor Mandago to account on these trips and demand to know of what value have they been to the county.

While majority are now voicing regular concerns about the county being the headquarters of nepotism,misuse of public funds and creation of overnight millionares we should audit the trips to ensure they are not disguised to line some few pockets at the expense of development.

The writer Wakili Psinen Pkiech is the immediate former Chairman Uasin Gishu Bloggers Association,a Practising Advocate and a Political Analyst.(koechvi@ovi.com)

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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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I Will Deliver on My Campaign Promises, Governor Mandago says

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Governor Mandago and Deputy President

Governor Jackson Mandago has assured Uasin Gishu County residents that nothing will prevent him in anyway from delivering on his campaign promises.

Mandago said his Government will remain focused on development and life improvement.

Governor Mandago was speaking in his office on Monday while celebrating one year since he took office.Mandago said he together with his deputy Daniel Chemno had faced some teething problems including slow pace of establishing new structures for their office, but were now ready to roll out development projects for his county.

He said they had laid ground for real work in 2014.While cutting a cake in his office Mandago added that his administration will focus on key areas of development such as roads, agriculture and health sectors.

He said they would open up all roads, especially in the rural areas, where farmers and other traders would be able to easily move to or from markets.

The office celebration was also attended by County Executives who included Philip Melly(Trade), Maryann Njogu(Environment) and Enock Muigei(Youth and Education).

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Get rid of Melly, MCA’s tell Mandago

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Trade County Minister Philip Melly

A section of Uasin Gishu County Assembly members have stirred fresh controversy in the County by calling on the County Governor Jackson Mandago to shun key allies from his inner circle of advisers, including his Trade Minister Philip Melly.

A few days before the tabling of County Executives Vetting report,the MCA’s who sought anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter and for fear of victimisation are now calling for stern action against the Trade County Executive whom they claim is misleading the Governor.

Speaking to Uasin Gishu Bloggers on phone,the MCA’s singled out Philip Melly as being behind wrong decisions that have made the Governor look bad. They claimed Melly was using his close links with Governor Mandago to influence making of some decisions that threaten the perfomance of the County Government.

“Melly has been misleading Governor Mandago on a number of occasions while he himself was rejected by the electorate and it’s time he is told plainly that he has no credibility to advise the County Leadership,”added the MCA’s.


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Uasin Gishu County residents split on Governor Mandago’s First year, Poll Finds

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Governor Mandago joins Members of Public to push his Official Vehicle after it got stuck in mud

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

•Poll shows 51percent says Mandago’s first year a failure, 49 percent say success
•Mandago enjoys high overall approval rating but struggles on certain issues
•Infrastructure, Unemployment and Health Care Provision are top issues concerning residents
•46 percent of those polled say Mandago has not been Diplomatic and Open to ideas enough

Uasin Gishu County— Uasin Gishu County residents are giving Governor Jackson Mandago a split decision on his first year in office, according to an online poll released Tuesday.

Fifty One percent of people questioned in an Online/Opinion research survey said Mandago’s Governorship has been a failure so far, while Fourty Nine percent of respondents said the year has been a success.

The poll’s release comes just a day after Mandago marked one year at the helm of the County.The survey indicated that Mandago’s approval rating as president stands at 51 percent,down 11 points from last year, with 49 percent disapproving, up 10 points from Last year.

“On the plus side for Mandago, he remains personally popular, and he gets decent ratings on Agricultural policy and restoring order in the City of Champions. That may explain why his overall approval rating is a little higher than the number who say Mandago’s first year has been a success,” Eldoret Post Polling Kimutai Korir said.

“Unfortunately for Mandago, Unemployment and Infrastructure issues are far more important to the public than town cleaning policy issues and a majority disapprove of how he is distributing County jobs.”

According to the survey, Infrastructure/road network by far remains issue number one with Uasin Gishu residents, with 60 percent saying it is the most important issue facing the county today.

Health care, with 36 percent, is the second most important issue with the residents. The dominance of domestic issues is most likely a contributing factor to the dip in Mandago’s overall approval rating.

“Only 34 percent approve of how Mandago is handling distribution of jobs within the six constituencies in the County; just four in ten give him a thumbs-up on health care after he recently dispatched medical supplies to 106 facilities and his approval rating on maintainance of roads under the jurisdiction of the County government has plunged to 26 percent. Those are three of the four most important issues on the public’s mind today,” Korir said.

“The Governor’s ratings also suffer from the growing perception that he is too stubborn,” he said: Forty-six percent feel that way today. But while the public takes issue with Mandago in certain arenas, two-thirds continue to believe that he has the leadership skills and personal characteristics a Governor should have, which may explain why his overall approval is still fair.

The Online Opinion research poll was conducted from 18th February through March 2nd with 4271 respondents on email, facebook, twitter and blog. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Governor Mandago faces a Contempt of Court Suit for Defying Court Order

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Governor Mandago

Advocate James Njuguna of Njuguna and Company Advocates wants Governor Jackson Mandago to face civil jail for disobeying a court order restraining Uasin Gishu County government from evicting a tenant from its plots over rent arrears.

County Secretary Peter Lelei also faces a contempt of court suit for defying orders issued by the Eldoret Judge Justice Sila Munyao. The court had barred them from repossessing land belonging to Kenstern Limited at Kapsoya Estate Eldoret town.

Justice Munyao issued a temporary injunction last year September, 12 2013. Kenstern Limited had obtained the orders in a suit filed by Advocate Njuguna.

Advocate Njuguna has now moved to court seeking to have Governor Mandago and Mr Lelei committed to civil jail for six months for contempt of court.

He has accused the respondents of trespassing into Kenstern limited in November 2013 in the company of police and council askaris and attempted to evict them from the parcel of land.

Advocate Njuguna claims that the rowdy youths who were guarded by armed police officers stole household items and caused damage to property amounting to millions of shilling.

The court is yet to fix hearing of the contempt of court proceeding against Governor Mandago and County Secretary Peter Lelei.

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Dr Mishra Floats Potential 2017 Bid in Kesses Constituency: Too Early?

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Dr Swarrup Mishra

While in Kesses on several occasions, Mediheal Group of Hospitals Director Dr Swarrup Mishra has floated the idea of a Parliamentary bid in 2017, even attending Fundraising, a rite of passage for any parliamentary contender.

At a fundraising in Lelmolok,Kesses Constituency,where he had accompanied Senator Isaac Melly,Dr Mishra told supporters he was “exploring a possible run” and indicated to reporters that he’s interested in seeing how voters in Kesses feel about him.

“I’m going to be coming out more often to try to determine whether there’s an interest in my brand of leadership,” Dr Mishra told the Eldoret Post on Saturday.

“I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Kesses Constituency and throughout the county, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver,” Dr Mishra added. “It’s 2014, I think it’s premature, but I’m curious There’s a lot of good name recognition for me in the county – that’s pretty good.”

Dr Mishra has toyed around with pursuing political office from late last year. He has expressed interest in running for the Kesses parliamentary seat though he is also said to be considering a run for even a higher seat.

Dr Mishra has cast a wide net to keep his name in the political spotlight, but what remains unclear is how serious he is about seeking political office in 2017.

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Uasin Gishu County Government buys KSh40million Drugs for 106 Public Hospitals

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Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago today flagged off a consignment of medical supplies to 106 facilities in the county. The drugs were bought from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(KEMSA) to boost the supplies in the county hospitals.

Mandago flagged off the vehicles carrying the batch of medical supplies said to be worth Kshs.40 Million at Couty Headquarters in the company of Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, County Minister in charge of health Dr Eunice Jepkoech Siria and and Members of County Assembly.

Dr Siria announced that more medical supplies will be dispatched in the coming months saying this was just but the first batch.

Governor Mandago lauded the efforts made by KEMSA and Health officials within his government, which he said are at the forefront in developing and implementing programmes that will improve the health standards in the county.

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Governor Mandago hits out at Politician

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Governor Mandago|Caleb Kositany

18:00,23/2/14

SOY CONSTITUENCY Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago has hit out at local politician Caleb Kositany for opposing and criticising Soy MP’s development plans for Soy constituency.

Governor Mandago said it was regrettable that Kositany had chosen to engage in retrogressive and divisive politics at the expense of development.

Speaking on Sunday at a church function in Soy Constituency, Mandago termed the Politician an enemy of development and urged him to unite with area MP Edwin Barchilei in order to achieve meaningful development.

“Kositany should stop running around belittling elected leaders and playing petty politics at this era, the time for such politics is over. He should honourably accept he was defeated and wait for 2017,what we want now is unity to help fight poverty and other social ills that has bedeviled our people for long,” said the Governor.

Mandago added that he had visionary and revolutionary ideas that can help transform Uasin Gishu County and said that nothing will prevent him from achieving his development plans.

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County News : Sugutek residents decry bad roads

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Sugutek residents repair road

Uasin Gishu County: In Sugutek Village, it is about infrastructure. Residents of Sugutek have decried the poor state of roads in the area and are now demanding a speedy reconstruction of the road. The residents say that the bad roads have impacted on transport in the area and they are forced to pay more to their destinations,and are not able to transport their farm produce to the market.

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