A Governor is under pressure to drop his deputy who county residents accuse of having fled out of the country for a job abroad barely a month after the administration of his oath of office.
West Pokot County residents have asked Governor John Lonyangapuo to sack his deputy alleging that he had abandoned the county for the last 8 months to work in the US.
Leaders under the Independent Pokot Leaders Forum (IPLF) banner have complained that the Deputy Governor Dr Nicholas Atudonyang has been in the county for less than 30 days from the moment he assumed office.
The local leaders say Dr Atudonyang left to the US where he works as a surgeon at a Texas facility and are now demanding that the governor replaces him as the county ironically suffers health sector pitfalls.
The Forum Chairman Ezekiel Pyego laments: "We (West Pokot) have many challenges due to poor leadership. We have seen many referrals to Eldoret and shortage of drugs. He should drop the post if he can not come to Kenya."
The runaway deputy governor also holds the position of the County Executive Committee member for health and has been blamed for what the forum terms as worsening state of the county health sector.
Early this year, Uasin Gishu police heads launched an investigation into the deputy governor after he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun over a Sh7.4 Million parcel of land.
County Commander Samson ole Kine confirmed that one Jane Wafula recorded a statement at Kitale Police after going physical with the deputy governor. Jane had met Atudonyang at a hotel in Kitale to deliberate on the property.
Governor Lonyangapuo is yet to respond to the demands as calls to his office went unanswered to the time of publication of the article.