Traders lament stand-off in Kiambu jobs vetting

Thursday, November 17th, 2022 08:00 | By
Governor, traders clash over market stalls
Governor Kimani Wamatangi addressing traders at Ruiru market in Kiambu County PHOTO/Courtesy

Two traders in Kiambu county have urged a section of  Members of County Assembly (MCAs) to desist from “holding the governor to ransom”.

They say it’s unfortunate the civic leaders have deliberately delayed the vetting of County Executive Committee members nominees over what they termed petty issues at the expense of service delivery.

“The MCAs want to arm-twist the governor  for selfish interests,” said contractor David Mbiyu, adding that Governor Kimani Wamatangi (right) should call on President William Ruto to dissolve the county if the MCAs continue to be a stumbling block to development.

Last week, the Ward Reps failed to approve 10 CEC nominees under the pretext of being used as rubber stamps.

Trader Gitau Makara urged them to work hand-in-hand with the governor. “Some of them are opposing the face-lifting, beautification and landscaping of the Kiambu county headquarters. That is not only myopic but a sign of loss of focus,” he said.

This, as the governor explained the plight of casual workers, saying the contracts of most of them expired in September.

Also, the Ministry of Public Service required all staff in public service, including casuals, to be captured in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Database by last month. “The casuals were still receiving their salaries through a manual system, exposing resources to theft. This has partially led to a bloated wage bill that cost the county Sh600 million per month.”

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