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Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba locks 'lazy' staff out of county offices

By Osinde Obare | August 8th 2015

Several Trans-Nzoia County staff were Friday locked out of their offices by Governor Patrick Khaemba for reporting to work late.

A number of top county officials were denied access to their offices after the governor ordered the main gate closed at 8 am.

Khaemba assigned an Administration Police officer to prevent any worker reporting for duty after 8 am entry into the offices.

He then moved from office to office, taking note of those who were in only to discover that most staff report to work after 9  am. Accompanied by his deputy Stanley Tarus, the governor was shocked that some officials arrive late.

"I am disappointed that half of the staff, including top officials, have not reported by 8 am. I cannot tolerate such practice," Khaemba said.

There was more trouble when the governor came out of his office with Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) chairman Soita Shitanda and Managing Director Andrew Tuimur only to find that a number of officers had been allowed in.

"Who has authorised the gate to be opened and allowed the officers in? Khaemba questioned the AP. At one time, the furious governor summoned the head of security, Mr Patrick Simiyu, and asked him to ensure latecomers were denied access to the offices before he proceeded with his guests to the boardroom.

Khaemba vowed to take disciplinary action against lazy officials.

"What they are doing is like stealing from the public," he lamented. The governor is reported to have instructed an administrative officer to write to all officials who had been locked out to show cause as to why they should not be disciplined.

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