Chiefs threatened with sack for visiting Governor Ruto
19 June 2015, 12:55
Bomet - A chief and his three assistants in Bomet County are at risk of being sacked for attending a meeting at Governor Isaac Ruto's residence in Chepalungu without the knowledge of the County Commissioner.
Kapkimolwa Location chief, Paul Lang'at and his assistants; Joseph Koskei (Koibeyon Sub-location), Samuel Keter (Kiptulwa sub-location) and Matelong Rono (Kapkimolwo sub-location) have been given three days by Bomet East Sub-County Commissioner, Paul Papa to show cause why they should not be disciplined.
In a letter seen by News24, the administrators have been accused of misconduct by failing to consult their seniors before leading delegations from their area of jurisdiction to the Governor Ruto's residence on June 10.
They have been warned in the letters that failing to explain by June 20, they will face unspecified disciplinary measures that could end their stay in service.
The administrators were in the company of Longisa Ward Representative, Stephen Changmorik during the visit.
Contacted, the sub-county commissioner said the chief and his assistants from Kapkimolwa location in Bomet East did not consult his office before leading the delegation as stipulated in the code of conduct of service.
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"We have no issue with their visit to the Governor's residence but the problem is that they failed to consult my office for brief on the issues they were going to present before Governor Ruto," Papa said in an interview.
Papa said the administrators had no excuse to side step his office and that the chiefs will be held accountable for their misconduct.
"One of the chiefs has even made worse the situation by circulating the letter on social media instead of explaining to us why he breached the code of conduct," said the sub-county commissioner.
The move is however expected to strain the relationship between the Governor's office and that of Bomet County Commissioner, Bernard Leparmarai.
Leaders from the area have since come out to protest the move saying it was aimed at taming chiefs who are perceived to be close to the Governor.
"This is quite unfortunate and aimed at curtailing service delivery in the name of protecting functions of the National Government and the County government but it should be condemned and discouraged by all means for the sake of development and cohesiveness," said Longisa MCA, Stephen Changmorik.
Defending the chiefs, Changmorik said the visit was not political as thought by the senior administrators, saying it would be wrong to sack them.
"The elders from Kapkimolwo location demanded that the chiefs accompany them when they were visiting the Governor and the visit was not their initiative as claimed and it would not be very wise to send them home for accompanying the elders," he said.
The vocal ward administrator said it was unfortunate that the seniors had acted on rumors to discipline the chiefs.
Governor Ruto has also condemned the move saying it was wrong to threaten the chiefs with dismissal as they had done nothing wrong.
In a statement, Ruto said there was nothing secretive about the meeting to warrant the disciplinary action the chiefs are being subjected to by their seniors.
"The meeting brought together opinion leaders from Longisa Ward and it was a routine consultative meeting to review various development projects being undertaken in the area," he said.
He added that the meeting was one of the many that the Governor holds with leaders including during public barazas to have a feel of what the various zones require to fast track development projects at the grassroots.
It has also emerged that chiefs from two locations in Chepalungu have also been summoned for disciplinary action for their recent visit to the Governor's residence without the knowledge of the County commissioners office.
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