Civil servants attached to the Nyandarua North subcounty have been directed to relocate to Ndaragwa town to ease service delivery.
As result, the Union of Kenya Civil Servants Nyandarua branch secretary general Moses Njoroge is a worried man and claim that the directive was meant to curtail their efforts to have the Public Service Commission classify Ndaragwa as a hardship area.
It is imperative to note that the region is a semi-arid place that has little development with extremely harsh conditions. Weekly Citizen has information the affected officers were given a three-day notice that expires to move out of offices located in Nyahururu town to Ndaragwa township.
A spots check by Weekly Citizen has established that there are no services at Ndaragwa as it has just a single dispensary, no chemists with no houses to accommodate the officers and no social amentities.
Ndaragwa has most of its land still gazetted as forest land, also lacks basic amenities such as schools, clean water and banking services that were crucial for their wellbeing.
According to Eunice Wanjira, the timing is wrong as it means moving with children in the middle of the school term, with a number expected to sit for their national examinations come November. Wanjira, is the UKCS gender representative. Civil servants are now forced to commute daily to the township 33 kilometers from Nyahururu town.
Offices at the once Nyandarua county headquarters in Nyahururu remained vacant with Nyandarua North DCC Walter Ngaira directing his heads of departments to relocate.
“It has been observed that some of you (heads of departments) are still operating from Nyahururu. This is to direct that you move to enhance service delivery to the public,” it is said.
The situation at the new offices at Ndaragwa was deplorable as the officers heaped files dating back to 1963 on the floor of the unfurnished building. A police truck was deployed to help the officers relocate to the unlit rooms with low morale observed among the officers who had complied with the directive.