Embu county recruitment boss rejected by assembly

Embu County
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Embu County Public Service Board chairman Mundia Gateria is under siege after the county assembly was given a green light to commence his removal from office.

The County Secretary Raymond Kinyua petitioned the Assembly to commence proceedings for the removal of the chairman for alleged gross misconduct.

The petition which was read to the Assembly by Speaker Kariuki Mate accuses Gateria of gross violation of the Constitution’s Leadership and Integrity by failing to demonstrate respect for the people of Embu County.

In the petition, County Secretary further faults Gateria of failing to carry out duties of his office in a manner that maintains public confidence in the integrity of the office and to treat members of the public and also other public officers with courtesy and respect.

The allegations are supported by a sworn affidavit by the Embu County Secretary, who affirms under oath that he is fully conversant with the facts in the petition and seeks to verify that the claims are true.

The Speaker committed the petition to the Committee on Administration and Public Service and ordered that within 14 days, the committee interrogates the claims by the County Secretary and makes a report supporting or rejecting the proposal to remove the Board chairman.

Majority Leader Andrew Musakwa (Mwea) said the Assembly would be ready to do all it takes to help Governor Martin Wambora to move the county forward.

He said should the committee discover that Gateria has been thwarting county progress and recommends his sacking.

The removal of the chairman will require support of not less than 75% of the members of the County Assembly, which translates to 25 MCAs out of a total 33. Gateria is not new to controversy as he has previously been sacked twice and reinstated by the Courts of Law.

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