Governor Gideon Mung’aro Sends Procurement Officers On Compulsory Leave
Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro has taken the step of sending senior procurement officials in the county on a 90-day paid leave. The decision comes as a response to public grievances about these officers allegedly impeding serving delivery and exerting undue influence over tender processes within the county.
Through a statement read by the acting County Secretary Martin Mwaro, the governor said that he has established a seven-member committee tasked with addressing procurement complaints. The committee has been entrusted with the responsibility of gathering grievances and producing a comprehensive report within a span of 60 days.
“In the last few days we have received information of concern from members of the public pointing to possible non compliance with the principles guiding the ethics and integrity of public officers in respect to officers attached to the procurement function,” Mr. Mwaro said.
The list of officers sent on leave include Mr. Matano Riziki Choga, Mrs. Everlyn Kache, Mrs. Priscilla Munga, Mrs. Rehema Luvuno, Mr. Andrew Kai, Mr. Michael Mwadali, Mrs. Mary Riziki, Mr. Mulanda Mazonga, Mr. Andrew Kithi, Mrs. Rose Charo, and Mr. Habel Humphrey.
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Notably, Mr. Matano, who held the position of County Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Supply Chain for the past decade, was recently redeployed and reassigned to the County Public Service Board. His role was assumed by Mrs. Everlyn Kache.
“Following receipt of the adverse information, a committee has been appointed to receive, document, analyze and report to H.E the governor any allegation regarding public officers who may have been involved in noncompliance with national values and principles of governance as well as the values and principle of public service. The officers will step aside but will continue to receive their full salaries and benefits in the 90 days they will be away,” he added.
Leading the seven-member committee will be Peter Mwarogo, the County Executive Committee Member overseeing Health and Sanitation. He will be assisted by Catherine Kenya, CECM-Roads, Transport, and Public Works.
“I wish to assure the departments affected that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure seamless operations, Mr. Mathias Jefwa Mwachiru, the Principal Supply Chain management officer at the County Assembly of Kilifi will be in charge for the 90 days period and that all casuals performing procurement related duties in the department of finance are directed to report to the county secretary and head of public service for direction,” he said.