Kiambu Governor James Nyoro has sent 20 senior procurement officers on compulsory leave triggering a row that could be headed to the labour courts.
Mr Nyoro confirmed that he had sent the 20 on compulsory leave for one month as part of efforts to clean up the procurement department. “Yes, we have sent them on compulsory leave to clean the process. Other issues are mere nonsense,” Mr Nyoro told the Nation through a text message.
But the affected staff claimed that they were suspended due to their perceived links to the two former governors.
One of the procurement officers affected by the purge told the Nation in confidence that most senior officials who were employed during Ferdinand Waititu’s and William Kabogo’s tenure have for long been victimised because the governor sees them as spies.
“We are dealing with a governor who is always insecure. All those procurement officers who have been sent on compulsory leave were employed either during Kabogo’s tenure or Waititu's. The governor has an old mentality that everyone he didn't employ is a spy for his rival,” said one of the affected procurement officer who requested not to be named.
Another procurement officer who has been sent on compulsory leave told the Nation that the rift between Governor Nyoro and the procurement officers came after they refused to sing to his tunes.
Two months ago, Mr Nyoro sacked 48 municipal board members who sat in World Bank Ward Committees.
The individuals had been appointed to their respective positions by Mr Waititu.
The governor would later reshuffle his cabinet and kick out many county executives who were hired by Mr Waititu.