Six County Executive Committee (CEC) members, who had been nominated for re-appointment to the county government of Bomet by Governor Hillary Barchok, have been rejected by the county assembly.
In a surprising turn of events, the CECs were unanimously rejected by the 37 members of the county for various reasons, including “high handedness, incompetence, presiding over implementation of shoddy work leading to loss of tax payers’ money, laziness, and poor leadership”
The CECs who were shown the door are, Mr Justus Maina (Administration, CT and Public Service), Mr Benard Ngeno (Sports, Youths and Social Services), Engineer Benson Kipsang Sang (Water and Sanitation), Engineer Philiph Kipngeno Sowek (Roads, Public Works and Transport), Mrs Daisy Chelangat Rono (Land and Urban Planning),Dr Julius Tuwei (Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives).
Only three of the CECs - Dr Joseph Kipruto Sitonik,( Medical Services and Public Health), Mrs Juliana Yegon (Education and Vocational Training), Mr Andrew Kimutai Sigei (Finance and Economic Planning) survived the axe.
When Speaker of the County Assembly Shadrack Rotich tabled the list of the nominees, it was clear by the whistling of the MCAs that some of the former CECs were on their cross hairs, but the magnitude of the matter came to fore in the afternoon when the debate on their fate was opened.
The shoddy work on bridges and roads that put the county in very bad light when the media highlighted it returned to hound Engineer Sowek who was the first to be rejected by the assembly for alleged incompetence.
“It is a shame that the Chepkositonik bridge which the government sunk Sh 8.4 million but built like a culvert in Bomet East Sub County and Kirwa bridge in Sotik constituency with Sh 2.4 million being spent was constructed using bricks under the watch of engineer Sowek,” said leader of Minority Andrew Maritim.
Mr Maritim who was backed by fellow MCAs stated that most of the roads in the county had not been upgraded yet money had been paid out to contractors while the ones that had been done was not supervised as required.
Mr Ngeno was accused of being “high handed, failing to follow procurement plans, running the department like his personal business and presiding over implementation of shoddy work and haphazard allocation of resources,”