• April 19, 2024
  • Last Update April 19, 2024 7:23 AM
  • Nairobi

Governor Arati nominates new deputy

By Peter Ochieng

Kisii governor Paul Simba Arati has nominated a new person to occupy the position of Deputy Governor (DG).

The person is none other than Elijah Obebo. The nomination was announced on Wednesday, by Kisii County Assembly Speaker Philip Nyanumba.

Obebo is the current Kisii County Public Service Board Chairperson. He has held the position since November 2023.

His nomination comes a week after the Senate impeached former DG Robert Monda, who was accused of gross violation of the constitution and law, abuse of office, gross misconduct, and crimes under national law.

Monda was accused of among others, soliciting and recieving a Sh800,000 bribe from a resident to assist him get a job. The job deal fell through. He denied all the charges.

Senators voted him out of office, in a session presided over by Senate Speaker Amason Jeffa Kingi.

“The result of the division indicates that the senators have upheld the following impeachment charges; gross violation of the constitution and any other law, abuse of office, gross misconduct and crimes under national law,” said the Speaker.

“Pursuant to article 181 of the Constitution, section 33 (7) of the County Government’s Act and standing order 86 of the Senate standing orders, the senate has resolved to remove from office by impeachment Dr Robert Monda, the Deputy Governor of Kisii County and the deputy governor therefore ceases to hold office,” he added.

The County Assembly in its charge sheet said Monda failed to uphold the values of public servive.

“By virtue of the deputy governor requesting and receiving a bribe of Sh800,00 he is in breach of the provisions of Article 232 which obligates public officers to observe the values and principles of public service.”

Obebo now awaits County Assembly vetting and approval, before he becomes the third Kisii County DG after Joash Maangi and Monda.

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