Ministers Fired for Being Disloyal to Governor Obado

Two Ministers paid the price of disloyalty to Governor Obado by being fired.

An unemployment letter on desk

Trade CEC Elizabeth Ochanye and her Education counterpart Marwa Muniko got the news of the termination of their contracts on Tuesday night.

Campaign Turns Sour

Ochaye was dismissed over allegations of having campaigned openly for Ochillo Ayacko, of the Orange Democratic Movement, in the senator by-election.

Most of Governor Obado's handlers campaigned for Eddy Oketch of Federal Party of Kenya after the county boss openly disagreed with the ODM over the manner in which Ayacko was picked.

However, it remained unclear why Muniko was sacked.

Amid the changes, Ochaye was replaced with Sheila Ghati, who was previously in the public service docket while Mary Midida who was moved to the education department in the same capacity.

An alarm was raised over how Governors discharge CECs which end up costing the counties millions of shilling in legal fees and settlements.

High Settlement Fees

County governments have been losing millions of shillings to remunerate employees illegally sacked.

Some sections of the County Government Act allow governors to sack members of the executive whenever they deem it fit, however, other sections take this away from governors and this has seen millions in taxpayers’ money used in compensation.

Under Section 30(a) of the Act, the governor can sack a county executive committee member at any time. But Section 40 says only the county assembly has these powers.

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