In Summary
  • In the last two years, Mr Nyaribo has been opposing employment of staff and in some cases moving to court.

  • Two weeks ago, Mr Nyaribo’s official vehicle had its tyres deflated by unknown people.

  • In a signed letter dated January 16, 2020 and addressed to the PSB chairman, Mr Nyaribo alleged Mr Onchari had failed to act with integrity and transparency.

In what appears to be an effort to assure Nyamira residents that all is well in the county, Governor John Nyagarama has spoken about the strained relationship with his deputy Amos Nyaribo.

Mr Nyagarama said he is in talks with Mr Nyaribo after a falling-out two weeks ago over appointments. The county chief told journalists on Thursday that he had no issue with his deputy.

STAMP AUTHORITY

However, he appeared to stamp his authority on the devolved unit, saying he is the only one with powers to employ and sack county staff.

 “A deputy governor cannot sack or employ people in the county, even when the governor is away,” said Mr Nyagarama.

According to the County Governments Act, a deputy governor discharges all the duties pertaining to those of a governor as stated in the Constitution, with the exception of nominating, appointing or dismissing county officials, a task that is only assigned to the governor.

The two have, from time to time since their election in 2013, disagreed over appointments, with the deputy governor saying his boss does not consult him.

In the last two years, Mr Nyaribo has been opposing employment of staff and, in some cases, moving to court.

PRE-ELECTION DEAL

In 2018, Mr Nyagarama got a reprieve after a court ruled in his favour in a case in which Mr Nyaribo had sued over a pre-election deal that would have seen the two share the government on a 50-50 basis.

The case had greatly affected the relationship between the two. An Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kisumu dismissed with costs the miscellaneous application that sought to restrain Governor Nyagarama from committing a breach of the coalition agreement, saying it lacked merit.

On Thursday, Mr Nyagarama said that in their meeting with Mr Nyaribo, they discussed many issues pertaining to the county.

Two weeks ago, Mr Nyaribo’s official vehicle had its tyres deflated by unknown people.

He accused some county government officials of being behind his woes over his recent stand to oppose the appointment of 34 health workers.

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