Kirinyaga staff uncertain if they will keep jobs after Waiguru takes over

Senior staff in the Kirinyaga government are uncertain whether they will retain their jobs after Governor-elect Anne Waiguru takes over.

Governor Joseph Ndathi lost to Waiguru in last week’s election.

Waiguru trounced Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, Ndathi, businessman Bedan Kagai and Macharia Karani in the election.

Several senior officers in the county, who talked to the Star, said Waiguru might decide to kick them out and employ other people to suit her governance structure.

”We are waiting to see the turn of events. We actually do not know our fate as of now. It’s a wait and see situation and I can tell you for sure most senior employees are in a panic mode,” a senior employee told the Star on Friday.

Analysts say those likely to feel the pinch are county executive committee members and chief officers from all the departments, since Waiguru is likely to replace them with her confidants. Directors from various departments and ward administrators, who openly campaigned for Ndathi, are also likely to be sacked.

Waiguru will be sworn into office on Monday at the Kirinyaga University Grounds.

A source close to Waiguru, said she will then immediately embark to work to deliver on the pledges she made to residents during her campaigns.

Initially, the Devolution ministry had set the venue for the swearing-in in Kerugoya Stadium, but Waiguru supporters and some JP officials, led but Kirinyaga county Jubilee vice chairperson Mureithi Kangara, demanded the swearing-in be done in Kutus town.

The county headquarters are in Kutus.

The source said restructuring of the staff at the county to fit Waiguru’s working structures is key on the agenda.

Efforts top reach Waiguru to comment on the issue were unsuccessful as she did not pick our calls.

Kirinyaga county commissioner Mohamed Biriki, who is heading the Transition Committee, is said to have been holed-up in a meeting with stakeholders for the last two days.

The Star has established the county has started handing over some of the official vehicles used by the governor and senior staff to the committee.

They are now at the county commissioner headquarters parking lot.

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