Government official fired after refusing to campaign for Ruto
The senior Government officer has not been receiving salaries or allowances
Dr Bernard Sowek, the County’s medical services Chief officer, went to court alleging that the Governor sent him home after he refused to campaign for him.
Ruto is seeking to be reelected as the County boss during the August 8 General Election.
Through his lawyer Nelson Mutai, Dr Sowek mentioned that the reasons behind his sacking were malicious and unfounded falsehoods.
Mutai told the court that his client had suffered extreme agony and anguish yet he had never absconded duty.
“Following his decision not to campaign for the governor’s party but instead dedicate time to delivering his duties as required, he has not been in good books with his superiors who have since then vowed to relieve him of his duties,” lawyer Mutai stated.
The decision to fire Dr Sowek was reached on June 5 after the Governor claimed that he (Sowek) was absent without official leave from May 24 to that date.
However, Mr Sowek revealed to the court that Governor Ruto was illegally using county official to popularise himself in the area.
He highlighted that this was in violation of his right to support political movements he wished to.
The doctor further stated that the decision to suspend was made without evidence adding that it contravened the Public Officers Ethics code of conduct.
“I verily believe that the said decision, to the extent that were reached without disclosure of the specific particulars and evidence of the complaints, was in total violation of the law as well as biased,”
Dr. Sowek has not been receiving his salary or allowances.
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