Kitui Assembly decries ill-treatment of workers

Kitui County Assembly has raised concern over the county Executive’s handling of civil servants affairs especially those hired during the previous administration.

The Assembly accuses Governor  Charity Ngilu’s administration of mistreating, harassing and intimidating senior officers, which has been threatening service delivery.

Leader of Majority Peter Kilonzo, who moved the motion on the ongoing axing of workers by the Executive, said: “Dozens of civil servants have been sent on compulsory leave and others interdicted arbitrarily by the executive without adherence to the law and the code of regulations of civil service.

He said the Assembly is concerned with reported cases of harassment, intimidation, discrimination and negative profiling of county employees,  which has hampered efficiency.

Kilonzo, who is the Athi ward MCA, said intimidation of employees affects productivity through non-performance and resignations.

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The latest casualty of the onslaught are seven officers in the communication department, who were sent on compulsory leave including the unit’s head Munyasya Musya while the chief finance officer Judy Mumo had been sent home earlier.

The House found Governor Ngilu guilty of violation of workers’ rights following a series of forcible and wrongful ejection of workers from office.

“We can’t continue burying our heads in the sand when so much is happening to our county staff,” said Kilonzo, adding that the Assembly’s Labour and Social Welfare Committee will investigate the reported cases and release its findings in a month.

Migwani MCA Phillip Nguli said: “There is a formality to be followed when addressing human resource concerns, you don’t wake up and decide to lock someone’s office without notice because you are in power.

He said the government is not a private company, in reference to the recent eviction from office of seven public relations and communications officers sent on a 45-day compulsory leave.

Majority Whip Stephen Kivunzi, who is the Kyuso ward MCA, seconded the motion saying the county executive was setting a dangerous precedence on human resource management.

“What we are seeing in this administration is not interdiction but sacking of innocent employees or what would you say when officers have been locked out of office and evicted unceremoniously?” he posed.

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