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Akaranga ordered to vacate National Government offices

17 July 2014, 09:15 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich has ordered the county's Governor Moses Akaranga  to move his office out of a building owned by the national government in Mbale.

Cherotich gave Akaranga a notice to vacate his office and 22 others allocated to him and members of his administration.

He noted that the national government had rolled out programmes to expand human resources and they wanted to use the offices occupied by county government officers.

"The purpose of this letter is to ask you to hand over all the offices," the notice read in part.

Cherotich pointed out that the office occupied by Akranga would be reverted back to deputy county commissioner.

He said that the national government is rolling out a programme to strengthen human resource and other operations like Huduma Centre at county level and in this regard they expect a big number of senior officers to be deployed from Nairobi.

The Commissioner said that the national government had allocated Akaranga offices at the building on temporary basis that was to last for six months since the coming to power of the county government.

"Reference is made to this office letter Ref. VC/MOW 8/1 vol.1 (9) dated April 22, 2013 which allocated offices at the county headquarters holding to the county government on temporary basis," the notice read.

The letter further explained that the arrangement agreed then was that the governor will vacate the offices as soon as his new building is complete.

Akaranga said he had received the notice adding that the matter was being handled, and will soon vacate the premises as ordered by the commissioner.

He noted that he was relocating to the new county headquarters with his staff as soon as  possible to avert trouble.

However, he noted that it was not wise for the commissioner to write a notice to him to vacate the offices.

"We are handling that matter but there is no cause of alarm because our new building is complete and we are moving there. But the notice was unnecessary," he added.

He said some of the county government should remain at the building especially those from ministries that were not fully devolved like Lands and Education.

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