Kiambu County Sports CEC, Karungo wa Thang’wa, has rubbished his county assembly’s impeachment attempt on Tuesday, November 19, claiming that the action to oust him from office was legally null and void.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Karungo said that the county assembly’s action did not follow the law as there was a court order that barred the exercise from taking place.
“The court ruled against the ouster motion on November 8. The assembly through the county lawyers were in court today seeking to be allowed to progress with the motion but the judge extended the earlier orders until December 9,” remarked Karungo.
Further, the close ally of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu claimed that the war waged against him was politically instigated by Deputy Governor James Nyoro.
“Nothing has changed in my roles even after the illegal debate. I am still in office as the CEC sports, ICT and Communication. I have actually written a memo in my office today in reference to youth and unemployment,” added Karungo.
Karungo further alleged that the county had a malicious plan not to renew contracts of employees hired by Governor Waititu whose contracts expire on November 30.
“I have learned with a lot of concern that a significant number of youths are likely to lose their jobs with the County Government of Kiambu as their employment contracts will soon expire, get terminated or not renewed at the end of the year.
“This has brought about uncertainties and fear amongst the employees, especially the casual workers who form a very important workforce in the county,” reads an except from the CEC's memo.
With contracts of employees nearing expiry, the CEC alleges that the county may find itself in a fix considering there is no quorum in the county public service board which is charged with the hiring of employees.
“The Public Service Board only has three out of seven members, therefore they are way below the legal quorum. The governor is the only person mandated to appoint members of the board and the recent mishandling of the county by the Deputy Governor is just intended to create dysfunction in the county for greedy gains,” added Karungo.
The High Court barred Governor Waititu from accessing his office in August 8, following corruption charges against him, leaving the county under the leadership of the deputy governor.
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