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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Assistant chief’s elevation queried


Residents of Kaboi location in Nandi want the government to shed light on the manner through which an assistant chief was elevated.
The residents who talked to the press in Kapsabet town expressed deep disatisfaction into the way the vacant position was filled after the holder of the position was suspended six years ago for misconduct.
They claimed the promoted chief had used his incumbency and job connections to strike seek favours from seniors after acting in the position for the period it had gone vacant.
A total of seven contestants, including two women, were interviewed after applying for the position but there has been no formal communication from the concerned authorities on the outcome of the interview.
Information on the ground has it that a particular female applicant, other than the favoured Kapsoo sub location assistant chief, emerged higher credits in the interview, a fact that is suspected to have surprised the panel leading to underground schemes with delays and silence.
She is the wife of a local farmer.
The residents said that after the prolonged silence, they were stunned one evening at a village function when their area member of county assembly Josphat Tarbei congratulated the assistant chief for winning the interview.
The 10 said that they sensed things were not going right after two other locations namely Kapkures and Koyo which had subjected contestants to interview to fill a similar position received their results in record time.
They added that the entire process could not be said to be free and fair given that invitation letters for the interview was made available to them late.
“As people of Kaiboi location we are not satisfied with the interview outcome, they advertised, people applied, they interviewed and went silent. We want to know why it was delayed for too long given that results in Kapkures and Koyo locations were given out on time,” said a distressed resident.