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Leaders differ on who pays for destruction

By | October 7th 2009

By Roselyne Obala

Western Provincial Local Government Officer Reuben Sikuli has differed with Kakamega Mayor Vincent Anjeche over who meets the cost of Monday’s destruction at the council offices.

Mr Sikuli has directed the municipal treasurer Albert Ariku to surcharge the mayor Sh50,000 for repairs on doors broken by council workers, who were protesting the closure of the Town Clerk’s office.

"The money should be deducted from the salary or allowances of the mayor and civic leaders who locked the door," directed Sikuli.

But Mr Anjeche warned Sikuli to keep off council affairs and maintained that only the Local Government Minister could order that he be surcharged.

"A Government officer has no powers to order a Mayor to be surcharged," said Anjeche.

Operations at the council were on Monday paralysed for more than five hours when 300 employees downed their tools, protesting against the forceful eviction of the Town Clerk and his chief officers by civic leaders.

The council workers stormed the council offices and broke doors open.

Efforts by acting Kakamega OCPD Nicholas Maina to calm the workers proved futile.

Misappropriated funds

Anjeche had accused Town Clerk Gabriel Kinaiya and his officers of misappropriating Kenya Roads Board’s Sh25 million, Local Authority Transfer Fund’s Sh19 million and Kazi kwa Vijana’s Sh33 million.

"I have made a formal complaint with the Ministry of Local Government and asked for immediate transfer of the Clerk and two other chief officers," said Anjeche

Mr Kinaiya said he had neither been approached nor had he received any complaints from the civic leaders that would have led to the locking of his office.

He told the workers to remain dedicated to their work to improve the council’s service delivery.

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