A syndicate in which the Busia county chief officer has been colluding with the chairman of the county public service board in order to employ his own relatives illegally has been laid bare and exposed.
Reliable sources revealed that the chief officer for county lands, housing and urban development Maurice Odundo is the person alleged to be behind the syndicate following job vacancies which were carried in Standard newspaper issue February 13 2019.
Further reports indicate that Odundo has been camping in Kisumu town for one week with the public service board chairperson Assumpta Obore trying to manipulate her over the issue using taxpayers’ money illegally.
Investigations carried out by Weekly Citizen established that the wife of the chief officer Rose Wanyonyi has been employed as the community development officer while his cousin David Okello is supposed to fill the deputy municipality manager’s slot.
It was disclosed that a niece of the chief officer Margaret Riziki has been shortlisted under revenue and administrative officer 111 while two other relatives Alice Egesa has been fixed in the position of revenue officer being the wife of Maende.
The chief officer who is also member of the Busia municipal board is alleged to have forwarded the name of Law Society of Kenya representative Patrick Wangalwa to become the board’s chair despite his qualifications having been doubted by the Busia county assembly.
The ill underground motive of the chief officer and the public service board has agitated the residents because the Busia municipal board was approved recently by the Busia county assembly and even its members have not been even sworn in.
However, Weekly Citizen learnt that the chief officers main target was to employ his relatives in order to swindle funds which was set aside to uplift the face if Busia town secretly without any suspicion.
Wangalwa lives in Nairobi and is alleged to be lacking the required qualifications and experience to enable him to become the board chair according to the law.
Residents accused the chief officer for allegedly trying to sabotage Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s efforts to leave behind a legacy when he completes his two terms leadership.
People who were interviewed said that Governor Ojaamong should his powers to fire officers who have been sabotaging his government by recruiting incompetent persons without having the required qualifications citing the previous board which was unable to deliver effectively.
They called on Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission to investigate the alleged syndicate process of recruiting staffs for various positions so that corrupt officers can be apprehended and prosecuted.
The chief officer served in the defunct management of Busia town for several years but he has nothing to boast of so far.