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Nyamira county workers vandalise office, urinate at entrance to demand Director removal

By Stanley Ongwae | December 27th 2021 | 2 min read

There was tension at the Nyamira County headquarters after some protesting employees urinated at the county office entrance in anger.

The workers vandalised the door to the devolved unit’s human resource director, Godffrey Kiriago’s office, demanding his removal.

The workers, totalling about 15, marched to the offices that are housed on the first floor of the main National Government headquarters, demanding that Kiriago vacate office in respect to a court ruling that was issued in Kisumu last week by the Employment and Labour Relations Court.

The petition to remove Kiriago and payroll manager,  Elmeldah Kemunto Nyaberi, from office was filed by Vincent Omao, a citizen of the county. Justice Christine Baari who issued the ruling said Kiriago and Kemunto were illegally hired in 2021 to steer a payroll cleansing exercise.

According to the court papers, the two were hired on secondment from the National Government but the court maintained that their hiring was not competitive as should be in such a case.

The payroll cleaning has since claimed about 1,500 casualties within the circles of the county’s workforce.

The workers allegedly earned illegal promotions and job redesignations against regular orders.

The employees who protested at the county headquarters are said to be among those affected by the purge.

During the protests, the agitated workers vandalised the locks to the office as they demanded for immediate removal of Kiriago and Kemunto.

According to a county worker who witnessed the happenings but could not be quoted for fear of reprisal, five of the men urinated at the entrance in turns as they shouted for the officer’s removal.

Kiriago was not in office at the time of the incident. County Police Commander Grace Kakai said the case was yet to be reported to the Police.

“We are yet to receive reports about the incident. Once the report has been made, then we shall move forward to investigate,” Kakai said.

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