6 Kiambu officers resign over Waititu’s position on Sh900 million payments

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Six Kiambu County finance officers have resigned in protest, after a disagreement with Governor Ferdinand Waititu over Sh900 million payments.

Faith Harrison Njeru, who was the chief financial officer, four senior accountants, and a procurement officer are among those who resigned.

This was amid claims that the governor had a preferred list of companies that he wanted to be paid first.

At the heart of the fallout is Sh900 million of pending bills.

Ms Harrison, who declined her transfer to the Trade and Tourism docket, confirmed she had quit over what she called a disagreement with the county boss over payment of bills.

“The governor wanted us to first pay certain companies, to which we refused. We decided to resign instead of putting ourselves in problems,” she said.

The former officer said that she could not agree with the governor on payment as many suppliers that worked with the government from 2013 were yet to be paid.

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The governor was also accused of micromanaging the finance department.

The county chief appointed William Kimani, who was previously the chief officer administration, to head the finance docket.

Mr Kimani also headed the governor’s controversial ‘Kaa Sober’ initiative.

The governor transferred Trade and Tourism CEC Juliet Kimemia to the Roads docket, which was being held by Mburu Kang’ethe.

Mr Kang’ethe is now the new CEC for Trade and Tourism.

The resignations come at a time when the governor is being investigated by the EACC. Some of the resigned officers have expressed interest in assisting the anti-corruption organisation with investigations.

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