Gov Natembeya Chases Away Govt Staff For Lateness

  • Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Courtesy George Natembeya
  • Trans Nzoia governor George ordered security personnel at a hotel to lock the gates and deny senior county officers access, who showed up late for a meeting scheduled at 9am.

    Natembeya expressed his disappointment in the county officials after they failed to keep time noting that such behaviour will not be tolerated by his administration.

    The newly elected governor sent away sixteen top officials among them County Executive Committee members (CECs) from a meeting, for arriving late.

    Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Courtesy George Natembeya

    He further directed the security officers to turn away officials who arrived past 9.00 am, the time set for the meeting.

    “When I say we meet at 9am sharp I mean 9:00am sharp and not 9:01am. I personally arrived here five minutes earlier so everyone should learn to keep time. Past the said time, if you are out, remain there,” Natembeya stated.

    The officials were supposed to have a meeting with the governor to discuss the County Development Integrated Plan (CIDP) for the next five years.

    Natembeya vowed to streamline county operations adding that they have a mandate to Trans Nzoia residents and being given jobs in the county does not mean they underperform.

    He maintained that timekeeping is the only way for one to show commitment to their work. 

    The former Rift Valley regional commissioner has been commended for his leadership style even in the past. On his first day in office as governor, Natembeya reported to work at 7am.

    “Today I checked in my office at exactly 7.00 am. I believe and hope all county workers are going to adhere to the freshness ushered in. 

    Natembeya stated that he expects absolute devotion from all the county employees.

    “It is worth noting county work is not compulsory hence when given the privilege to serve, we expect utmost dedication. Kazi imeanza, mwananchi mbele mfanyikazi nyuma” he added.

    He issued two Executive Orders meant to improve service delivery in the devolved unit.

    Natembeya who won the seat on a DAP-K ticket beat Chris Wamalwa of Ford Kenya, an affiliate party of Kenya Kwanza, and succeeded Patrick Khaemba who served for two terms.

    Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Trans Nzoia governor George Natembeya in his office on August 31, 2022.
    Courtesy George Natembeya