Coast gover­nors in dilemma as key of­fi­cers quit

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho must re­place county sec­re­tary Fran­cis Thoya, who will run for Par­lia­ment in Kil­ifi county. County bosses say va­can­cies hurt ser­vices

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Coast gover­nors are wor­ried about their county of­fi­cials’ plans to vie for elec­tion, leav­ing va­cant posts.

Five Mom­basa ex­ec­u­tives have de­clared their in­ter­est in run­ning. The gover­nors’ prob­lem is to fill the slots and en­sure ser­vices are not interrupted as well as not los­ing po­lit­i­cal sup­port while re­plac­ing the ex­ec­u­tives.

Another dilemma lies in find­ing qual­i­fied per­son­nel to work for the few months be­fore the elec­tions.

The ex­ec­u­tives who have de­clared their po­lit­i­cal in­ter­est are yet to re­sign. The Con­sti­tu­tion states they should va­cate of­fice six months to the elec­tions.

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho must re­place county sec­re­tary Fran­cis Thoya, who will run for MP in Kil­ifi county.

Oth­ers are ex­ec­u­tives Hamisi Mwaguya (Trade and En­ergy), Tendai Lewa (Ed­u­ca­tion) and Mo­hammed Ab­bas (Youths, Sports and Gen­der), who want to run for Mom­basa sen­a­tor.

Health’s Mo­hammed Abdi is seek­ing elec­tion in Man­dera county, on a Ju­bilee Party ticket, fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing his re­la­tions in ODM-led Mom­basa county.

A county gov­ern­ment source told the Star, “The county wants them to go early. There will be con­flict, and they will not con­cen­trate on ser­vices.”

On Novem­ber 2, the Taita Taveta county gov­ern­ment sent a memo to its staff, ask­ing them to declare their po­lit­i­cal in­ten­tions pub­licly and leave.

“It has come to my at­ten­tion from var­i­ous sources that some state and pub­lic of­fi­cers have plans to con­test in the up­com­ing elec­tions. I wish all such in­di­vid­u­als the best in their en­deav­ours,” reads a let­ter from Gov­er­nor John Mruttu.

“I need, how­ever, to em­pha­sise that we are in gov­ern­ment to serve the pub­lic and such am­bi­tions should not con­flict with the duty to serve.”

Mruttu said the staff should make for­mal dec­la­ra­tions to his of­fice not later than Novem­ber 11.

“This is im­por­tant so that I can take ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sions to pro­tect the pub­lic good on mat­ters con­cern­ing ser­vices. This is a for­mal re­quest I am mak­ing, and there­fore it should be ac­corded the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves,” he said.

Eli­jah Mwan­doe (In­fra­struc­ture) plans to run for the Se­nate seat in Taita Taveta county on a Wiper ticket. Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka re­cently en­dorsed him. The Star could not de­ter­mine the of­fi­cial po­si­tion from Peter Jumwa, the county sec­re­tary, who was away from his of­fice.

In Kil­ifi, county sec­re­tary Owen Baya will be run­ning for the Kil­ifi North par­lia­men­tary seat.

He has al­ready started grass­roots cam­paigns. Kil­ifi county assem­bly clerk Arnold Mkare is said to be run­ning for the same seat.

Agri­cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive Mwal­imu Menza and chief pro­to­col of­fi­cer Matthias Kazungu are also said to be eye­ing po­lit­i­cal seats but haven’t gone pub­lic.

Teddy Mwambire, the Kil­ifi county assem­bly deputy speaker, con­firmed that he would run for the Ganze par­lia­men­tary seat.

In Kwale, there are con­firmed re­ports that an of­fi­cer in the Gov­er­nor’s Press Ser­vice in­tends to run for elec­tion. But county sec­re­tary Martin Mwaro said no of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion had been is­sued. “He has not im­plied he wants to leave, so I can­not au­thor­i­ta­tively tell you the same,” he told the Star.

Sev­eral other of­fi­cials from Lamu and Tana River coun­ties are said to be gaug­ing their sup­port to run for elec­tion.

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Mom­basa Health ex­ec­u­tive Mo­hammed Abdi (C) and Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho when they met med­i­cal spe­cial­ists from health fa­cil­i­ties across the county on Tues­day. Abdi is vy­ing a Par­lia­men­tary seat in Man­dera

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