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EACC bars county board from recruiting workers

NYANZA
By James Omoro | February 8th 2021

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has barred Homa Bay County Public Service Board from recruiting employees.

The EACC issued the directive in a letter to three board members Eliajh Kodo, Lawrence Oteng’, Sarah Nekesa and the director in charge of recruitment and selection Lameck Ogot.

The letter by E Otiko on behalf of the Commission Secretary has prohibited the board officials from hiring, appointing or promoting workers in the county.

The EACC Chief Executive Officer accused the board of recruiting workers yet it is not properly constituted.

“Homa Bay County Public Service as currently constituted does not have quorum to conduct business as required under Section 58 (1) of the County Government Act 2012. Any action undertaken by you is deemed null and void,” the EACC told the board members.

The Commission told the board to engage the Public Service Commission or a fully constituted public service board of another county to recruit workers on on their behalf.

“Take not that you shall be held jointly and or severally liable for any breach of the law amounting from the actions cited above,” EACC warned. The Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kisumu barred the board from recruiting 204 employees.

The board has had wrangles and the chairman Daniel Ogada, secretary Collins Agutu and member Tobias Odundo have lodged complaints against four board officials. The letter was copied to Governor Cyprian Awiti and County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe.

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