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Nairobi Ward Reps fault official’s removal from post

Monday, December 11th, 2023 00:40 | By
Nairobi Ward Reps fault official’s removal from post
Nairobi Acting County Secretary Patrick Analo. PHOTO/Print

Former Nairobi Ward Development Fund CEO Josephine Kithu has been marking time in the corridors of City Hall since she was dramatically ejected from office in July.

This emerged during the grilling of Boroughs Administration executive Patrick Mbogo and Acting County Secretary Patrick Analo by the County Assembly’s Labour Committee to establish how the CEO was removed and another person appointed in an acting capacity.

The MCAs heard that on July 14, Kithu was thrown out of office under the watch of constables from the county Inspectorate Department.

After a video of her ejection from office went viral, there were reports that Kithu had been moved to the Finance Department. But MCAs heard that Kithu was never accommodated in the new department.

“No one has deployed her to any department or any sector. She operates  from  the corridors of City Hall but earning a salary. You (the executive) told her to step aside to allow an audit to be carried out. Is there any report in this regard?” South C MCA Abas Khalif said.

MCAs claimed the person who was appointed to replace Kithu was not vetted nor appointed by the Public Service Board.

Exact office

Analo said he was asked to appoint another person to act in the office.

“After the audit of Financial Year 2022/23, the officer was requested to proceed on leave of 30 days, while enjoying all her privileges, to allow an audit of her office. The CEO was not removed from office but transferred.”

The committee sought to establish the exact office the Kithu was deployed to and if her new role would have the same capacity as the office she was interviewed for.

Nominated MCA Joyce Kamau said it was unfair that county constables were used to eject Kithu, describing the act as degrading.

“When she started inquiring why she had been removed, that is the time you deployed her to an office that did not exist,” she said.

On August 3, Kithu wrote to the County Secretary explaining how she was forcibly removed from office during the July 14 incident. She later handed over a letter, dated June 13, directing her to report to the County Executive Member for Finance.

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