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Sunday 31 August 2014


Vihiga county assembly majority leader Andrew Ahuga and the assembly chief whip Abdallah Chogo, have said the recent reshuffle of county executives and chief officers by Governor Moses Akaranga has rendered the assembly’s oversight role ineffective.

Ahuga and Chogo who is also the chairman of public service and administrative committee respectively, addressed the press in Mbale town where they revealed that some executives and chief officers were under investigations by the assembly over irregular procurement procedures.

They said the reshuffle before the end of investigations had rendered the assembly’s efforts useless. They accused Akaranga of playing mind games with residents of the county. However, they vowed to go on with their task to its conclusion.

The two also took issue with the appointment of the governor’s political adviser Fridah Chahale to the education, science and technology docket. They noted that although Chahale is qualified, the right procedure was not followed in her appointment.

Before her appointment, she was supposed to undergo vetting by the assembly. They said the house which is on recess will have a motion over Chahale’s appointment debated when it reconvenes.

And speaking separately, youth leaders in Vihiga county have said they are disappointed by Chahale’s elevation. The chairman of National Youth Council in Vihiga county Elisha Amala and secretary Ashton Lugonzo also questioned why her name was not presented before the county assembly for the vetting process.

The youth leaders noted that chief officers were also reshuffled whereas they were appointed according to their professional qualifications, a clear indication that professionalism has lost  meaning.

Amala and Lugonzo claimed that youths have been sidelined in county appointments in favour of old people. “Governor Akaranga has decided to reward the old while neglecting the youth,” they said.

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