Queries in Taita Taveta county over hiring of Tanzanian medic

Taita Taveta MCAs grilled an executive for the hiring of a foreign medic.
An executive and his officials were grilled by the assembly over recruitment of a radiologist from Tanzania.

Health CEC Daniel Makoko, County Chief Officer Christine Mwakera and a human resource officer Elizabeth Ngele appeared before the assembly Health committee in Wundanyi town yesterday.

They were questioned for several hours over the hiring of a Tanzania radiologist at the Voi County Referral Hospital on permanent basis.

It emerged from the session that Esther Lazaro from Moshi was hired to the position that was never advertised.

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According to the health officials, the task of the foreign national was to interpret CT scans at the largest referral hospital in the county.

She has been shuttling from the county to her country to translate the images in Moshi.

The radiologist makes two trips to Tanzania every week to analyse the images.

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It also appeared that the county has no specialist to interpret the CT scan images hence the decision to hire a foreigner. 

The House committee questioned Mr Makoko and his team about the rules of engagement of the foreigner and why the county government had to source the services from “outside”.

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“We are not opposed to the foreigner working in the county, but want to know how she was engaged,” posed Mgange-Mwanda Ward Rep Anselim Mwadime.

“An indent was done and communicated to the county public service board. The board is better placed to explain this matter,” replied Ms Ngele.

She added: “The file for the foreign radiologist is there but there is no documentation detailing her credentials.”

On the terms of employment, Ngele said the radiologist had no personal number at the moment and her salary was being paid through a voucher.

“The payroll section is better placed to disclose the salary of the radiologist. Her terms of service are permanent,” she told the committee.

It turned controversial when it emerged that the foreigner had no work permit.

Makoko exonerated himself from blame and shifted it to his predecessor Frank Mwangemi, now the CEC Education.

Dr Mwakera said when the CT scan was commissioned by the Deputy President William Ruto last year it needed a radiologist to interpret information for quick delivery of health services.

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