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Governor Lonyangapuo now wants his deputy investigated

By Mercy Mwai
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo now wants Parliament to investigate his deputy, Nicholas Atudonyang’, over prolonged absence from duty.

West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo now wants Parliament to investigate his deputy, Nicholas Atudonyang’, over prolonged absence from duty.

Atudonyang’, who is also the county health executive, has been in the US since their election in August 2017.

His continued absence and claims that he works full time in the US yet he continues to earn a salary from the county has invited the wrath of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Lonyangapuo said he cannot sack his deputy as he has not done anything wrong apart from being absent.

“I cannot compel him to resign. My DG is better, he can be away but once in a while he comes or does things,” he said.

Appearing before the Senate Committee on Devolution and Inter-governmental relations yesterday, Lonyangapuo said he has no powers to force his deputy back to office.

When asked whether he is ready to share his contacts so that the Senate can reach him, he said he was only able to provide them with his WhatsApp line which they communicate with.

As to whether he receives his salary, Lonyangapuo said they had reached an agreement that his salary be terminated. 

“I cannot tell you things are running or not because he is absent. The law says he is my assistant.  He is serving without a salary,” said the governor.

Lonyangapuo added that through Atudonyang’ networks in the US the county has been  able to  receive medical equipment and personnel worth more than Sh150 million.