West Pokot governor Prof. John Lonyang’apuo has warned the county staff against engaging in politics in the area.
Speaking to the county staff yesterday at the County Headquarters Office in Kapenguria, Lonyang’apuo further asked them to avoid party divisions, saying the most important aspect is service delivery to wananchi.
“None of us here has his face written Jubilee party, KANU or any other party in the country and anybody can serve in this county irrespective of the party they supported in the previous elections,” said the Governor.
The governor further stated that all workers should lawfully conduct their duties without bias and laziness. He insisted that those who would be found abusing office will face the law including termination of their contracts.
The governor asked them to remain neutral by serving all irrespective of their political affiliation, warning that severe action will be taken against those found playing politics at any level.
“Government property should be used to deliver duties at work. Nobody should use them for personal gains. I am giving a warning to those who report to work late, I will not tolerate such behavior. Any public servant should remain non-partisan”
Professor Lonyangapuo further sent a stern message to West Pokot residents including the county workers who used social media as a tool to attack those in government offices especially those from outside the Pokot community.
“We have evidence of a number of social media goons who tirelessly attack our staff who are not our Pokot fellows. Your days are numbered and we will get to you. Some of you are defaming us and the law will serve its due,” said the angered governor.
He disputed claims that the deputy governor was getting paid for nothing as he is not in the country and clarified that the governor has the constitutional right to choose who works on his side and that the decision solely remains on his shoulders.
The residents of the county have been complaining over the missing deputy, Nicholas Atudonyang. According to some source the deputy is working in the U.S as a neurosurgeon.
Governor relieved his deputy from health docket during last September’s cabinet reshuffle in the West Pokot County government. During his absenteeism the locals raised concern over the deteriorating condition of the health sector in the county.
KNA by John Saina/Nathan Anyona