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Kirinyaga Governor interdicts officials

18 April 2013, 20:30 James Kabotia

Kirinyaga County governor has cracked the whip and interdicted three chief officers of Sagana town council.

The officers are accused of leasing out public land to private individual for quarry excavation.

According to governor Joseph Ndathi, the officers have been leasing out public lands and roads to prominent businessmen but  they do not remit the money to the council.

"I have ordered the three officers to go home and allow investigations to commence,” he said.

Ndathi who visited the quarry at Kwa V area termed the ongoing excavation of the stones as illegal and warned that more heads will roll as investigations continue.

Among those affected are the council clerk, treasurer and public works officer whom he singled out as most culpable.

Accompanied by his deputy Julius Njiri and score of County representatives, the governor lamented that the council has been losing millions of shillings due to corruption and warned that he will not condone the vice in the County.

He pointed that this is a transition period and those government officers who continue behaving as if they are still in the old constitution dispensation will be in for a rude shock.

“Let me warn public officers who are still stacked in old mentality of corruption that action will be taken against those who will break the law," he warned.

The move has caused panic among council chief officers who are hard pressed to explain how they have been managing their institutions.

The interdiction is the first executive order to be issued by the governor since he assumed office on 27th March this year.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed that balloting of Kiangai open market be expedited and said that those who used to sell their wares in the market will get first priority.

He warned that political incitement going on will retard development and urged the resident to accept the council plan to carry balloting next months.

The governor also revealed that a 52 million market will be opened to public next month and urged businessmen to use the facility to improve  the county economy.

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