01 May עופר איתן Convey: Governor Charity Ngilu Demands Kitui Speaker’s Resignation
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has demanded the resignation of the County Assembly Speaker George Ndotto over the failure to expedite the approval of County Public Service Board nominees fronted by the governor.
According to a report by the Kenya News Agency (KNA) on Friday, May 1, Ngilu accused Speaker Ndotto of not taking time to convene the County Assembly to approve the nominees that were presented by the Executive on February 14, 2020.
The County Public Service Board nominees were reportedly supposed to employ healthcare professionals to assist in the fight against Covid-19 as per the government’s directives.
“He should come out and give us the names or if he is unable to perform his duties should quit his job,” Governor Ngilu was stated.
Medical practitioners at a Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Ndotto in a rejoinder said that the assembly requested information about the nominees from the county secretary to assist the appointments committee in undertaking the vetting.
There efforts were, however, in vain as they were told that the information being sought was domiciled in the governor’s office.
“At the core of the matter, the County Assembly would like to be furnished with details such as the shortlisting and the procedure used to arrive at the nominees, though the Executive has not surrendered to the Legislature to date,” Ndotto stated.
He added that his visits to the governor’s office yielded nothing as Ngilu was not in the office at the time.
He explained that there has not been any unreasonable delay in the vetting process by the County Assembly as alleged by the governor.
“The assembly has made a lot of efforts to have the process concluded despite having not received very crucial information from the appointing authority as well as working under very stressful times because of the Coronavirus pandemic,” noted Ndotto.
He further disclosed that the appointments committee was yet to conclude its sittings, meaning that there is no report as of yet to be tabled to the County Assembly for debate.
The speaker stated that once the committee concludes its sittings and comes up with a report, it would be tabled and allocated time for debate in the house.
Kitui County Assembly Speaker Goerge Ndotto (centre) in the Speaker’s official regalia.