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Governor Gladys Wanga sends county officials on compulsory leave

Homa Bay governor Gladys Wanga has hit the ground running in her new role as county boss by sending several county government officers on compulsory leave to give way to investigations on claims of irregularities in the recruitment of government staff.

According to a statement from the office of the governor, allegations have been made of irregularities and ethical issues touching recruitment of staff.

“Following complaints by the public and several allegations of irregularities and ethical issues touching on recruitment of staff in the county government of Homa Bay and given Governor Gladys Wanga’s commitment to good governance, transparency and accountability, devoid of corruption, the county government has sent the following officers on compulsory leave,” the statement reads in part.

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“While on compulsory leave the mentioned officers will not be allowed to access county government records and premises or to undertake any transactions on behalf of the county government. In order to achieve the desired level of service delivery, going forward there will be no cadre of county jobs available for sale,” the statement reads.

Mrs Wanga has also made an executive reshuffle of officials. The changes mostly affected officials working within the finance department with Finance Chief Officer Noah Otieno being moved to the Gender and Tourism department with the same title.

Mr Laban Oyoo remained in the finance department as the acting head of accounts. He served as the director in the same department.

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Meanwhile, Mr Dan Lieta who is the head of accounts at the finance department has been moved to the Sports and Tourism department where he will serve as the director.

“The changes are specifically meant to ensure prudent management of the county finances, inspire transparency in our accounting and procurement services, improve the delivery of medical and health care services and inculcate best practices in our human resource management,” the governor said.

Mrs Wanga explained that the changes are temporary pending the naming of a new cabinet in the next few days.

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