County Minister Receives Firing Notice at Night

  • Former Siaya Education CEC Mary Olute
    Former Siaya Education CEC Mary Olute.
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  • Siaya County Education CEC was relieved of her position on the night of Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

    Mary Olute, was shown the door a day before she was set to appear before the County Assembly's General Oversight Committee.

    She was meant to discuss the criteria in which the county was planning to disburse bursaries.

    "It is true I have been given the letter which I received yesterday relieving me of my duties.

    Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga Amoth (left) takes the oath of office when he was sworn-in by Justice Aggrey Muchelule at Siaya Stadium in 2013
    Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga Amoth (left) takes the oath of office when he was sworn-in by Justice Aggrey Muchelule at Siaya Stadium in 2013
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    "This is a political appointment and if the governor feels I can no longer work with him then it is okay," she stated.

    Before the summon, Olute had been summoned by the county's Public Accounts and Investment Committee to explain how her office had spent Ksh38 million bursary for the 2017/2018 financial year.

    An audit had revealed that some of the students who were recorded as being awarded bursaries were not registered in any learning institution

    She was appointed to the position by Governor Cornel Rasanga in his second term in office.

    Before her appointment, Olute worked the Secretary-General of the Kenya National Commission for United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Kenya.

    She had been appointed to the position owing to her experience in the Education Sector.

    She possesses a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Policy Education from Moi University as well as Masters in Sociology from the University of Nairobi.

    A signpost showing Siaya County Assembly
    A signpost showing Siaya County Assembly
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