Sacked ministers vacate office
14 April 2014, 16:07
Vihiga - The four county executive committee members who were impeached by the Vihiga County assembly a few weeks ago have vacated their offices.
The four are however fighting back for their positions and have filed cases at the Kakamega High Court to contest their ‘unlawful’ sacking.
A spot check at the county headquarters indicated that the ministers were clearing from their various offices and leaving the chief officers taking charge.
It is believed that Governor Moses Akaranga handed the four county executives letters to the effect of their sacking last week.
“The governor signed for their letters while he was in Nairobi, and the four ministers have been issued with them promptly. The governor did not want to contravene the recommendations that were made by the county assembly,” a source in the governor’s office said.
Akaranga had been given ten days by the members of the county assembly to sack ministers Evans Kaiga (Finance), Johnstone Khejeri (Public Service and Administration), Newton Okwiya (Trade and Industrialisation) and Elmanos Vodoti (Education).
The four were found unfit to hold offices after committees investigating their conduct at the county assembly recommended for their sacking.
The ministers have since been conspicuously missing, as they seek to instigate a serious legal battle to regain their seats.
Akaranga had in an earlier meeting sent a stern warning to his ministers that he will not hesitate sacking them if they were found to have poor records and if the residents were not satisfied with their terms of service.
The sacking of office by the four executives will greatly hamper service delivery in Vihiga County as the chief officers are yet to settle down having assumed office just a few weeks ago.
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