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Sacked County Secretary still in office

15 May 2014, 12:22 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The ousted Vihiga County Secretary, Linnet Abdalla, who was sacked by the County Assembly earlier last month is still in office.

She was voted out after adoption of a report by the Committee on Appointments.

A total of 22 members voted to adopt the report, whereas only 16 voted against it. One member was unable to decide prompting the speaker to declare his vote as an abstention.

The committee on appointments recommended the removal of Abdalla after having vetted her a week earlier, and concluded that her position should be advertised afresh.

Part of the report that was tabled read that Abdalla was unfit to continue holding the office and that she had not been competitively sourced as envisaged in the constitution and recommended that the due process be followed in filling the position.

“This position must be advertised to allow for competitive sourcing. We have other people in the county who can be considered for the position,” Andrew Ahuga, the assembly Leader of Majority said.

He added that under Abdalla’s tenure, the county had recorded a number of issues touching on integrity including procurement malpractices.

However, a month after she was ousted, Abdalla is still holding office and dispensing duties of a County Secretary promptly.

Her position has not been advertised so far, and this has made members of the public to raise concern with some of the county assembly members being heard saying that the governor was acting contrary to what they had passed.

Governor Akaranga has been silent on the matter, having acted swiftly to sack the four executive committee members as recommended by the county assembly earlier.   

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