Laikipia county to dismiss incompetent staff in April

David Macharia @PeopleDailyKe

The first group of non-performing staff in Laikipia county could be sacked next April, deputy governor John Mwaniki has said. He said the county, which has 1,860 employees, has embarked on a performance appraisal exercise to weed out deadwood workers who don’t deliver.

“We could eliminate poor performers as early as April when the first performance review is done,” he said during an award ceremony for exemplary workers. He said flouting of the law and intimidation of workers by individuals purporting to have connections with county administrators will not be tolerated.

Among those awarded was Miriam Wambui, a County askari based at Rumuruti market. Wambui was rewarded for her contribution in enhancing revenue collection and market orderliness since she was deployed at the market three months ago.

“We have noted a 70 per cent increase in compliance in payment of Single Business Permit fees and market orderliness,” said county chief of staff Karanja Njora. Agricultural officers Erastus Maina and James Mwangi were also awarded for recruiting more farmers to the contract farming programme in their Githiga and Ol Moran Wards respectively.

Gerald Mwangi, a nurse serving Pokot and Turkana communities at Mowarak in Laikipia North was rewarded for learning the language of the communities, therefore, easing ability to offer quality services.

Speaking at Nyahururu Social Hall on Tuesday, Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said: “I want a motivated, self-directing workforce, individuals who are eager to create positive change.” He, however, said the cash awards, are not a replacement of biannual appraisals.

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