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Pack and go – Tangawizi tells Ngilu’s new appointee for County Secretary

Kitui governor Ngilus's  County Secretary appointee Mr Joshua Chepchieng  

A new storm is brewing in Kitui between Governor Charity Ngilu and the MCAs even before the dust settles over other contentious issues that are pending between the two arms of the county government.     
This is after the County Majority Leader Peter Kilonzo on Thursday rejected governor Ngilu’s choice for County Secretary after the governor appointed the officer without seeking a nod from the Assembly.  
Mrs Ngilu,reports emerged Wednesday evening that she had appointed Joshua Chepchieng to replace the long serving acting County Secretary Mr Alex Kimanzi. Mr Chepchieng who comes from Rift Valley region is a long serving administrator who was one time a District Commissioner for Kitui Central when Mrs Ngilu was the area MP.  
Addressing the press in his office within the precincts of the County Assembly Mr Kilonzo popularly known as Tangawizi said the appointment of the County Secretary required approval by the House.  “Mr Chepchieng was not subjected to a competitive recruitment process and neither was he vetted by the County Assembly,” he charged.    
The Athi Ward Rep said the officer’s appointment into the county’s top office was unprocedural and in contravention to the provisions of section 44 of the County Government Act, 2012 which stipulates the procedure for the appointment of the County Secretary.   
The vocal MCA termed the appointment of the officer who has been reported to have assumed his roles at the county headquarters as an act of selfishness and perpetuation of corruption.  
“This is an exercise in futility and the appointment remains null and void unlawful and therefore criminal, unfair and mockery of the people of Kitui”, Tangawizi said.
Mr Kilonzo added that owing to the manner in which Mr Chepchieng was picked for the job, he was unfit to hold a public office and ought to realize the grave criminal act he had committed and vacate the office.
But in a quick response Minority Leader Alex Nganga through a statement said the governor was yet to send an official communication to Speaker George Ndotto over the appointment. “I don’t know what the Majority Leader is talking about as there is no official communication yet from the governor to the County Assembly on this appointment. When it comes am sure his (Kilonzo’s) concerns will be addressed,” the statement read in part.
Mr Nganga who is also the Miambani MCA termed Mr Chepchieng as “an experienced administrator and a man any county would appreciate his service.”
Mrs Ngilu and the MCAs have in the past few months been in a rift with the latter accusing the former over alleged mismanagement of county funds appropriated for development in the last financial year.  There is also a standoff over the County Appropriations Bill, 2019 after the Assembly failed to allocate funds to Ngilu’s two key flagship projects of the textile centre (KICOTEC) and the ballast crusher citing lack of operational legal framework for the two entities.  Early this week the governor was quoted saying she would  serve her people “with or without the MCAs”.

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