Nepotism, backroom deals rule Kisumu county

Nepotism, backroom deals rule Kisumu county

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Pressure is mounting on besieged Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o to offer an explanation over the ugly face of nepotism and skewed appointments reportedly derailing services at the county government.
A section of activists and concerned locals have raised eyebrows over the manner in which county governments job positions were dished out to appease cronies in total disregard to the procedures laid down by the public service human resource manual.
Questions are now being raised on the identity of individuals who authorised the irregular appointments of a number of casual workers both at the executive wing and the county hospitals.
Shockingly, Kisumu county is said to be operating with two sets of chief officers where one is answerable to Governor Nyong’o while another is headed by former governor Jack Ranguma and this has crystalised into frequent protocol wars.
Taxpayers have been losing millions of shillings as salaries to the two set of groups as the Ranguma led team have been lining at the bank for their full salaries and allowances reinstated by the court.
The governor lost an appeal challenging the reinstatement of the officers perceived to be Ranguma loyalists including Samuel Okuro, Jacob Muga, Samwel Ondola, George Akongo’, Cephas Kasera, Derek Obira, George Koyier and Seline Odhiambo.
In his ruling, judge Hannah Okwengu faulted the governor for the of officer’s termination saying procedure were not followed by ignoring a standard process which demand for a consultation with the public service board and Labour Relations Court before such actions are taken.
Weekly Citizen can now authoritatively uncover a list of senior officers hired by Nyong’o’s administration but were never subjected to the normal interview process.
It is required that the exercise must be carried out by the county service board and vacancy advertisement be made in at least two national mass circulating newspapers and an appointment on acting capacity must be from be from within the working staff.
But contrary to that Nyong’o resorted to a dubious manner of hiring senior officers who are astonishingly earning an average of Sh250,000 per month on top of allowances.
Those hired by the governor under questionable circumstances include Alloice Ager who is the director of the governor’s press unit, Haggai Kadiro who is the director of administration and Victor Nyagaya, a man fashioning himself as the Nairobi Liason officer.
Others are politician Abala Wanga who is seconded to Lake Region Economic Block, liquor director Nicodemus Ochung and one Nicholas Migot who is the governors IT advisor.
Instructively, Migot is a man fighting accusations to the effect that he centrally participated in rigging out former governor Jack Ranguma by hacking into the IEBC system in favour of the incumbent.
Also in the list are the economic advisor George Omondi, county attorney Victor Obondi, New City manager Idris Odhiambo, Peter Abiero said to be a Form Four leaver but in charge of Kisumu East subcounty office.
Then there is a shocking case of Lenox Omondi, who is said to have maneuvered to the forced position of handling county social media affairs through his father Olang Onudi who doubles as the secretary to the county government.
The county secretary himself is above the civil service age and people are not happy that Onudi who is over 60 year old earning government pension and salary as at the time of his appointment, he was still the CEC for health in Siaya county.
Notably two faces have quietly sneaked back onto the payroll of the Kisumu county government even after they were sacked due to financial misappropriation.
The two senior officers are Atieno Otieno, Nyong’os niece whose father Jacob Otieno is Nyong’os half-brother.
Millions of shillings mysteriously disappeared while she was the one in charge of the communication department where she was joined by the husband who is not a civil servant.