Report recommends sacking of top Nandi county officials – Weekly Citizen

Panic has gripped Nandi county chief officers after a report instituted by the assembly openly recommended for their removal from office Governor Stephen Sang formed a committee to investigate county operations. The 10 officers are accused of financial impropriety and flouting procurement rules as stipulated within the realm of the law. The ad hoc committee was chaired by Kipkurui Chepkwony, Tinderet ward MCA with Fredrick Kipkemboi (Kapsabet) as deputy chairman. Other members were Cynthia Muge (Kilibwoni), Gideon Koech (Nandi Hills), Joshua Ngetich (Kosirai), Walter Teno (Kabiyet), Elphas Cheruiyot (Chepterwai) and Robert Kirwa (Chemundu/Kapng’etuny). According to the report, the construction of Jua Kali sheds has poorly been done and no continuity in walling. The report also raises an alarm over the street lighting project. It doubts the quality of cables used and wants the contractor to submit approval from Kenya Power. Street lighting project covered the Chemundu ward area of Nandi Primary, Amai River and Citam Road. In Kapsabet ward areas covered were Namgoi-Kamatargui, AIC Singorwa, Chepsengeng River, St Mary’s Wanjaa and Kamatargui. The report notes that high mast lighting that was to be done at the Kapsabet market, Namgoi, Jua Kali area, Chepterit Girls Cross Road, Chepterit Trading Centre, Baranton and Chebarbar was a white elephant project. Also of concern in the report is fabricated kiosks project. The kiosks were to be installed in Baranton (10 units). The municipal manager David Sum and Simon Mwate of county works directorate were in darkness and contractor not on site. The reports reveal poor works involving construction of non-motorized transport and waste management project. The tender of Sh76 million was awarded to Vella Limited. The sub projects include construction of stormwater drainage at Namgoi, transport facilities on Kabsabet Boys’ side, the extension of sewer lines and construction of ablution at Kapsabet bus park. The report recommends disbandment of project committee and disciplinary action on David Sum (municipality manager), Joseph Peters Odenyo (county officer), Samuel Kirwa Bett (roads engineer), Veronica Ndunge (Physical planner), a one Collins (assistant quality), a Mr. Kipkorir (surveyor), Sharon Cherotich Kogo (mechanical services engineer) a Manases Too (structural engineer) John Chumo (coach athletics), Paul Karan (chairman Namasco), James Chirchir (chairman Ken Sacco), Loardvico Too (electrical engineer), Simon Mwale (works officer), Johonga Michael (quantity surveyor) Fredrick Ojwang (Jua Kali association), Joseph Maritim (Jua Kali) Johnson Musalia (secretary Kapsabet market operators), a one Monica (member and a Mr Bittok also member market operators. The report further calls for appointing authority to dismiss David Sum, municipal manager for failure to ensure financial prudence management, and for actively overseeing the flouting of procurement processes. Meshack Malakwen, chief officer finance for failure to monitor financial management. Philip Towett, chief officer administration, Scholastical Tuwei, chief officer and immediate former chief officer for administration, Teresa Murogo, CEC administration and public service, Alfred Langat, CEC finance, for failure to designate an accounting officer of Kapsabet municipality as required by law. Lagat was also accused of not being open and transparent in operations and management.