Government officials step aside over corruption allegations
30 July 2015, 10:07
Laikipia - Two members of Laikipia County Government Executive Committee and one chief officer have stepped aside to pave way for investigations over corruption allegations.
The three; Joel Wamicwe (Finance executive secretary), Ann Cheptoo (Education and ICT executive secretary) and Chief officer Paul Chiuri were forced to leave office by Governor Joshua Irungu for allegedly engaging in corruption.
According to Irungu, the officials stepped aside to pave way for investigations.
“Am not happy with the officers’ conduct and the allegations leveled against them,” he said.
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He noted that the whole executive committee had been given time to reform.
The move has however been viewed by many as a strategy to appease his MCAs who were planning to impeach him over rampant corruption by his government officials.
Ol Moran ward MCA, Dan Ndegwa said stepping aside alone is not enough, pointing that those culpable should be prosecuted.
“Sending home two members out of eight in a non performing government is a mere public relations exercise,” he asserted.
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