1,600 staff at City Hall sent on leave

The Star (Kenya) - - News - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Nairobi county head of Park­ing Tom Tinega is among 1,600 em­ploy­ees sent on com­pul­sory leave by City Hall yes­ter­day.

County sec­re­tary Robert Ay­isi said in a state­ment the county ex­ec­u­tive had re­solved that all em­ploy­ees who have leave in ex­cess of 60 days take it.

“Nairobi county recog­nises the need for em­ploy­ees to rest from their du­ties,” Ay­isi said.

A source at the county head­quar­ters said some em­ploy­ees have never taken leave for more than five years, but al­ways claim pay­ment. The source said many of­fi­cers at City Hall do not like tak­ing leave.

Ay­isi said the leave will re­ju­ve­nate the staff, give them time to at­tend to per­sonal mat­ters and pro­mote their ef­fi­ciency and ded­i­ca­tion to work.

“Em­ploy­ees need to be away tem­po­rar­ily from their work­sta­tions to at­tend to other hu­man needs,” he said.

In 2014, county sec­re­tary Lil­ian Ndegwa sent Ay­isi, who was then health chief of­fi­cer, and sev­eral other of­fi­cers on two-week com­pul­sory leave. At that time, Ay­isi had 45 pend­ing leave days.

Ay­itsi’s 2014 leave sparked a war of words at City Hall be­tween MCAs and Ndegwa. Ndegwa said Ay­isi had 45 pend­ing days and he had to take a rest of 15 days. Some MCAs said the tim­ing was sus­pect.

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City Hall as seen on Au­gust 15

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