Governor Granton Samboja moved to stamp his authority in the county amidst reports that he is under investigation.
Mr Samboja, who took office on Monday, August 21 at the historic Mwatunge Primary School grounds in Mwatate sub-county, said he is firmly in control of the county.
“Those saying that I will be in office for only three months are day dreaming. I am here to stay and I am not going anywhere,” Samboja told his staff on the first day in office.
Speaking at his office after a prayer service, Mr Samboja warned disloyal employees that they would be sacked.
“I know there are workers who supported the immediate former governor and my political rivals during the just concluded general election. If you are still placing your loyalty on other people, then you will go,” he told the county staff.
Samboja spoke as it emerged that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has questioned his academic qualifications.
There are two cases in Mombasa and Nairobi challenging his nomination and clearance by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to contest for the governor’s seat. This after Kenyatta University, where he claims he earned his degree in 2009, disowned the certificate he presented to the electoral agency as a forgery.