Vihiga Speaker wants Civil Society to help oust clerk
07 July 2014, 21:40
Vihiga - Vihiga County Assembly speaker, Dan Chitwah has asked the civil society members in the region to help oust the assembly clerk Josphat Musambayi, after admitting that they are finding it difficult working with him.
Chitwah said that the only way they can deal with the clerk is for the civil society to chip in before he messes them completely, after the assembly staffs raised concern that they have not been paid since being employed in April.
“There is a way you guys in the civil society can assist the county assembly. This guy (Josphat Musambayi) wants to mess us,” Chitwah said.
He said that he was very much aware of what the assembly staffs are going through owing to the clerk's actions and his former cronies both at the assembly payroll department and the internal audit sections.
“But what must be clear now on the minds of those concerned is the fact that heads are going to roll considering that even the clerk is an employee of the same board. I am aware of an ‘amateuristic’ payroll that was prepared by the clerk altering the grades and salary scales of employees that led to the delay,” the speaker said.
He noted that the clerk was working with some individuals to undermine the leadership of the assembly and said that the culprits should know that the board is actually going to take action.
He said that he had scheduled a meeting with the governor on Tuesday to find out why the payroll department overlooked the grades and salary scales approved by the board.
The speaker warned those employed by the assembly board and are seeking other favours from the clerk, noting that they will not be confirmed as they are undermining the authority of the board.
“I must add that these frustrations are aimed at those who do not subscribe to his loyalty, but what is clear on my mind is that these are Vihiga sons and daughters and we, as a board may not sit and condone this. That’s my position and I am going to implement it,” he said.
The speaker was responding to an outcry by the members of the Xposha Youths and Theatre Group, a civil society led by Victor Ijaika Bulemi, who raised concern on the social media that the County Assembly had not paid its staff ever since they were employed three month ago.
“Where then do they get funds for the many trips abroad? Once you employ someone, you need to pay him/her otherwise how do you expect them to survive?” Ijaika posed, prompting the speaker to reply.
Earlier on, News24 had received a confidential letter from the county assembly workers who sought anonymity, complaining of the hardships they have had to keep up with at the assembly since being employed.
“We are yet to be paid three months after employment as the assembly clerk and the county assembly service board are still embroiled in a war of supremacy over the legitimacy of their appointments,” part of the letter read.
The employees noted that unless the stalemate is broken, the matter could end in the industrial court with far-reaching implications.
“It is telling that the clerk who for the last one year has been on an acting capacity has been able to compromise the Members of the County Assembly through easy-come imprests and other allowances as he is the sole chief accounting officer,” the letter read.
It further noted that the assembly board has become toothless and has been threatened by the MCAs who support the clerk, with censure motions if it should try to take any action against the clerk.
Workers at the assembly said that all the work at the assembly is conducted in hotels in Kisumu, with Perch Hotel having benefited more than any other, as it hosted the accounts department staff for close to a month when they were balancing the assembly’s books of accounts.
The staffs said that the activities at the assembly have been affected as most of them are disgruntled at being side-lined in the money-minting per diem trips which are solely controlled by the clerk.
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