Pro­mote staff on merit, says Embu as­pi­rant

Ki­ragu says dis­crim­i­na­tion in pro­mo­tions might de­mor­alise the health work­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - REUBEN GITHINJI @githin­jireuben

Embu gov­er­nor as­pi­rant Kithinji Ki­ragu has said health work­ers in the county are pro­moted or de­moted on eth­nic­ity ba­sis.

Ki­ragu, who is a de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment con­sul­tant, said the Embu ad­min­is­tra­tion does not help res­i­dents when it fails to pro­mote med­i­cal per­son­nel on merit.

“A per­son who is pro­moted on eth­nic­ity and not on merit might dif­fer with fel­low work­ers ow­ing to in­com­pe­tence. This might even stress him or her, lead­ing to stag­na­tion of the smooth run­ning of the de­part­ment,” he said.

Ki­ragu said dis­crim­i­na­tion of peo­ple in pro­mo­tions might de­mor­alise the health work­ers.

He termed it “naive and stupid” for health per­son­nel to be pro­moted and de­moted based on where one comes from, when there are so many qual­i­fied but un­em­ployed Kenyans.

Ki­ragu said if this trend con­tin­ues, ser­vices in hospi­tals will de­te­ri­o­rate.

He said merit should be the only con­sid­er­a­tion for a pro­mo­tion.

Ki­ragu spoke on the side­lines of the Embu Boda Boda Sacco an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Fri­day.

He was re­act­ing to re­ports by an Embu county assem­bly’s ad hoc com­mit­tee on the man­age­ment of the Embu Level 5 Hospi­tal.

/REUBEN GITHINJI

Gov­er­nor as­pi­rant Kithinji Ki­ragu at the Embu Boda Boda Sacco AGM at the Slopes Ho­tel on Fri­day

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