Shock as county is accused of hiring high school students as enforcement officers

The enforcement officers numbering 30, are said to have been high school students who never applied for the jobs and were ‘hired’ while still in school.

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua awards a youth with a computer certificates for excelling in a youth empowerment program funded by the Kiamaina Bursary. The Nakuru County Public Service Board is under investigation after reports revealed that it recruited high school students as enforcement officers.

According to a local daily, the County Assembly said that the hiring of the 30 officers was done irregularly and was not factored in the 2016/2017 budget.

During a heated debate last week at the county chambers, Elburgon MCA Florence Wambui Njoroge said that during the 2016/2017 financial year, the House allocated Sh17.2 million for the recruitment of 100 enforcement officers to enhance revenue collection.

Appointment letters

However, the county government later issued appointment letters to 130 officers without following the laid-down regulations.

“The recruitment was done at a time when this House was on a two-month recess and it was marred with a lot of tribalism and there was no equitable distribution to all the 42 communities in the county,” said Ms Njoroge.

“The county public service board has developed a thick skin to pertinent issues affecting the House and we need to stamp our foot down and take action against the executive and the public service board,” said added.

Kamara MCA Joseph Ngware Ng’ang’a accused Governor Mbugua of confusing residents whenever he is confronted with the issue of unemployment by giving them false hopes.

Irregular hiring

The advertisement to recruit the enforcement officers was placed in the local dailies in 2014 but the process of hiring the officers was done in 2016 and letters issued in January 2017.

House Speaker Susan Kihika has since directed the labour committee to investigate the matter and table a report in the House.

Last year in a report, a nine-member ad-hoc committee of the Assembly recommended the immediate sacking of four officials over irregular hiring of employees in the county government.

The report stated that the four colluded in the irregular hiring of deputy sub-county administrators and ward administrators.

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