6 officials quit over Waititu's inappropriate demands

Governor Waititu offends officials with inappropriate demands

6 finance department officials quit over Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu's inappropriate demands

Six officials from the Kiambu County administration have left their positions citing inappropriate demands from Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

The officials accused the governor of inappropriately asking them to make payments to his preferred companies against accepted practice.

Led by Chief Finance Officer Ms Faith Njeru, four senior accountants and a procurement officer submitted their resignation letters following the governor's announcement of a reshuffle of his top officers.

Ms Njeru confirmed to reporters that the group of six agreed to quit working for Governor Waititu after disagreeing on the payment of Sh900 million owed to contractors.

"Yes it is true that together with a host of other finance officers from the department we decided to call it quits from the county government.

"The government wanted us to first pay certain companies, to which we refused. We decided to resign instead of putting ourselves in problems," Ms Njeru stated.

Governor Waititu micro-managing workers

The ex-chief finance officer added that Governor Waititu had made it hard for them to work autonomously.

"Working with the governor has been a nightmare. He cannot allow you to work independently or make your own decision. It is pressure all the time," Ms Njeru stated.

County Secretary Martin Njogu later released a press statement announcing that William Kimani had been appointed as the new chief officer in charge of Finance and Economic Planning.

Mr Kimani was the chief officer administration and had been in charge of the youth rehabilitation programme dubbed Kaa Sober.

Governor Waititu is under investigation by EACC over various suspected cases of misappropriation of county funds.

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