Governor Wanga sends Homabay County HR officers on compulsory leave
Homa Bay governor Gladys Wanga has, on Thursday, September 1, 2022, sent eight county Human Resources officers on compulsory leave.
This, Wanga says, is to give way for the pending audit and investigations of the officers who served in former Governor Cyprian Awiti's administration.
In a letter dated September 1, Wanga said;
"The Governor sends all senior County Human resources Managers on compulsory leave pending an audit and investigations and payroll system."
She further says,
"This follows complaints by the public and several allegations and ethical issues touching on recruitment of the staff."
The officers include; Director Recruitment and Selection Officer Lameck Ogolla, the officer in charge of Administration at the County Public Service Board in an acting capacity Boaz Nyaguti and Linet Ogada, the Secretary to the CEO CPSB.
Others who faced the Governor's axe are Director Registration Manager Charles Ouma Modi, Director, acting Payroll Manager Salmon Ochogo, and Alfred Okumu who used to act as the Human Resource Director.
Duncan Akecha who used to work at the Human Resource office, and Winfred Atieno Awuor (Director, ECDE office), have also been affected by the orders.
"While on compulsory leave, the mentioned officers will not be allowed to access county offices and government records or to undertake any transfers on behalf of the county government," the letter reads in parts.
The Governor further urged the public to support her reform initiative to get the county back on track and achieve the desired level of service delivery to the people of Homa Bay.
She stated that going forward, there will be no cadre available for sale.
Wanga had warned Homa Bay residents against falling culprits to fake job offers from some of the county officials and the CPSB who demand cash in exchange for a job.
In a press release, Wanga told members of the public to be wary of dubious employment deals with the County Government or its entities during the transition period.
"As we prepare for the assumption of the office later this week, our attention has been drawn to suspicious acts involving claims of irregular recruitment of staff to the County Government of Homa Bay," she said.
"For this reason, we are asking the public to be wary of dubious employment deals with the County Government and or its entities during this transition period," she added.
She further advised members of the public to be vigilant and avoid falling victim to corruption cartels and unscrupulous dealers asking for kickbacks in exchange for non-existing jobs in the County Government.
"Let me reiterate that we have a transition in progress and there should be no recruitment of staff until the new administration takes charge and finds it necessary to initiate the same," Wanga said.
She advised County Government staff and those of the County Public Service Board to desist from acts that may injure the reputation of the County Government.
"All County Government staff and those of the County Public Service Board are advised to refrain from acts that may undermine the integrity of the County Government during this time of transition," she said.
She said her leadership will not recognise any recruitment letter offered to the members of the public during the transition period whether backdated or current and anyone found culpable will bear the burden.
"Any irregular recruitment letters being offered to members of the public at this time whether backdated or current will be considered irregular and officers masterminding these unlawful acts will be compelled to take responsibility," she said.