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Rights group faults vetting process in Kwale

02 August 2013, 10:24 John Kioko

Kwale - Kwale county speaker Sammy Ruwa has been caught in war of words with a human rights group in the area over recent vetting process of county public service board chair Kassim Riga who was dropped.

Kwale County Development Watch group have written to the speaker Sammy Ruwa demanding invalidation of the entire process in seven days before they take legal action.

The statements by the group have been termed as provocative and offensive by Ruwa who is also a lawyer by proffession.

The group also demanded  for all reports of the vetting process be made public and accessible, inclusion of the civil society, all allegations leveled against Mr. Kassim Riga be made public and to be issued with a report of professional experts who interviewed the candidates according to the letter.

“We want the minutes of the panel of county assembly member covering the vetting process,” read part of the letter.

Hatibu Mtengo, Hassan Mzinga, Hamisi Malimau and Suleiman Yeya are the signatories of the letter which the speaker refused to reply..

They claim to have read mischief concerning how the vetting was done and as much as the vetting board did not give a chance for Riga to answer allegation made against him as required.

The group said that it was aware that the Kwale County government sought and engaged the services of professional experts to conduct interviews of all the short listed candidates for the post and Riga emerged the top contender but the vetting board discarded him for reasons best known to them.

County assembly in their resolutionsaid that Riga worked as commissioner in public service commission and only helped his family and that he had vied for governorship post and that he may no failry discharge his dutiesas required.

“The outcome is gross misconduct and deliberate ignorance and negligence that violates chapter 13 of the constitution on the values and principles of public service,” the letter further read.

However county speaker Ruwa although it was a right for information to anyone in the county concerning the vettinmg process but the manner in which the group was approaching him is not good.

“It is the right for everyone to get information from this house but will depend on the procedures used, the letter itself is too offensive they used threatening statements,” said the speaker.

He was surprised to learn that they had decided to seek media assistance even after meeting him in his office and agreed to
apologize in writing over the same before they get what they needed.

"You can't come to my office and start threatening me then you expect me to comply to help you it can't be that way am waiting them to go to court and my evidence will be their letter then the court will decide," said the speaker.

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