La­gat suf­fers blow as MCAs sus­pend Health ex­ec­u­tive

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Nandi Gov­er­nor Cleophas La­gat suf­fered a blow after Health ex­ec­u­tive Mathew Rotich was sus­pended by the as­sem­bly. This came as La­gat stepped up cam­paignin­ing for re­elec­tion on the Ju­bilee ticket, say­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion had de­liv­ered on its pledges.

The as­sem­bly acted on rec­om­men­da­tions by the Health com­mit­tee that Rotich be sent home for three months to al­low for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into fail­ures in his docket.

They ac­cused him of gross mis­con­duct and fail­ure to hon­our sum­mons by the com­mit­tee two weeks ago. Rotich had been sum­moned to re­port on the sta­tus of the health depart­ment. He was to ad­vise on the state of hos­pi­tals, bud­get im­ple­men­ta­tion, avail­abil­ity of drugs and staff wel­fare.

Some MCAs op­posed to the move. “Grounds for sus­pen­sion are not suf­fi­cient, we should give him a fair hear­ing,” Tindi­ret MCA Kip­ku­rui Chep­kwony said.

Se­na­tor Stephen Sang said, “The health sec­tor has been the worst in the county”. He cited medics’ strikes.

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