Meru Governor elect, Kiraitu Murungi has suspended top county officials to pave way for financial audit and human resource audit. Those affected are all county executives, acting county secretary, County public service board chairman,chief officers, sub county administrators, town administrators and ward administrators.
Kiraitu gave the directive when addressing a presser in his Meru office accompanied by his deputy Titus Ntuchia and his wife Priscilla Murungi.
The suspensions will enable the Auditor General to carry out the audit process without interference. The department directors will undertake the duties of the suspended officers
“These measures are being taken to ensure that our county has a public service that is effective and efficient in its operations and service delivery. We shall also take an exercise to audit all the casual workers in the county to remove abuse of a system that has created many ghost workers and unnecessary idle capacity which has excessive strain on our budget,” said Governor Kiraitu.
Kiraitu also questioned how Ksh.15million was being used to pay casual labourers monthly while the county has over 5,000 employees.
He added, “Our government will not tolerate this blatant impunity and disobedience of law. Theft of public resources and corruption will be severely dealt with by our government. I have therefore suspended the chairman and the other board member pending the outcome of the court case.”
“With this move we will ensure all loopholes are sealed and the county gets value for the money,” Said Kiraitu.
The former senator will be sworn in today (Wednesday). He beat Peter Munya who promised to contest the results.
Do you have a story you want told? Do you know of a sensitives story you would like us to get our hands on? Email your news TIPS to firstname.lastname@example.org