Nepotism is defined as favouritism granted in politics or business to relatives regardless of merit. An independent study by some members of machakos county reveal that despite the praises the county has received in the recent past past nepotism is at the heart of the countyâ€™s development or lack of it. The efforts done by some of our officials to see machakos county grow, will sooner than later go to the drain soon due to the nepotism menace practiced by some of our respectable men and women in the county administration.
I think a time has come when Kenyans more particularly in machakos county have astronomical expectations, and that there is need to move away from the notion of suspicion we have of each other, and the phobia mania of ethnic domination: it is time to open up the county to the gates of equal distribution of resources. This is to say that-if things like water, electricity, education, jobs, health care, insecurity issues, food security and community housing would equally be addressed by the county government, peace, stability and trust will prevail among machakos residents.
Our independent study shows that the main cause of the countyâ€™s best and brightest brains shunning jobs in machakos county government is because of the corruption, tribalism and nepotism involved in securing jobs. Simply put, your connections in machakos county are the main determining factor in your career progression. To many bright youngsters therefore, all they are asking for is a merit based system that will see their talents recognized. How did we reach here, where are we heading and when will the miasma of tribalism and nepotism come to an end? We ask ourselvels.
Honorable members, we have a menace that is perpetrated by officials in this county. It is very heartening to deny our young and educated youth jobs on the basis that they are not directly or indirectly related to you.Â Here are some examples of officials in the county government who are pulling the down our development agenda.
|Â 1||Mbithe Kala||Wiper Nominated MCA||Mother to Musyoka Kala|
|2||Musyoka Kala||Chief Officer â€“ Public Service, Labour & ICT||Son to Mbithe Kala and Husband to Salome N. Kioko|
|3||Salome Ngina Kioko||Procurement Officer- Water, Irrigation & Sanitation||Wife to Musyoka Kala|
|4||Ivei Kala||Emergency Caller- Matuu Call Centre||Cousin to Musyoka Kala|
|5||Joseph Musyoka||Water Bowzer Driver||Cousin to Musyoka Kala|
|6||***||Over 15 Drivers||Over 15 drivers and other 5 county government employees are related either directly or indirectly to Musyoka Kala|
|Nimrod Mbai||Chief officer â€“ Decentralised units||Hails from Kitui & is Husband to Grace Mbithuka|
|Grace Mbithuka||Procurement Officer- Education, Youth & Sports||Wife to Nimrod Mbai|
|9||***||Over 27 Drivers||Over 27 drivers and other over 30 county government employees hails from Kitui County and are related either directly or indirectly to Nimrod Mbai.|
|10||Mwengi Mutuse||Chief of Staff||Hails from Makueni County, Vied for Kibwezi West Parliamentary Seat on a Wiper Ticket and lost. Husband to Esther Mwengi.|
|Esther Mwengi||Procurement Officer â€“ Decentralised Units||Wife to Mwengi Mutuse|
|Ngeto Mutuse||Revenue Officer â€“ Mavoko||Brother to Mwengi Mutuse|
|***||Over 50 Employees||Over 50 County government employees hail from Makueni County and are related either directly or indirectly to Mwengi Mutuse|
This is quite embarrassing. Does it mean that our young and educated youth cannot join some of these positions? This is a total contravention of the Constitution and the County Government Act:
Art. 73. (1) Authority assigned to a State officerâ€”
(a) is a public trust to be exercised in a manner thatâ€”
(i) is consistent with the purposes and objects of this Constitution;
(ii) demonstrates respect for the people;
(iii) brings honour to the nation and dignity to the office; and
(iv) promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office; and
(b) vests in the State officer the responsibility to serve the people, rather than the power to rule them.
(2) The guiding principles of leadership and integrity includeâ€”
(a) selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections;
(b) objectivity and impartiality in decision making, and in ensuring that decisions are not influenced by nepotism, favouritism, other improper motives or corrupt practices;
(c) selfless service based solely on the public interest, demonstrated byâ€”
(i) honesty in the execution of public duties; and
(ii) the declaration of any personal interest that may conflict with public duties;
(d) accountability to the public for decisions and actions; and
(e) discipline and commitment in service to the people.
Art. 75(1) of the constitution of Kenya 2010 states that: A state officer shall behave whether in public and official life, in private life or in association with other persons, in a manner that avoids;
a) Any conflict between personal interests and public or official duties
b) Compromising any public or official interest in favour of a personal interest or
c) demeaning the office the officer holds.
(2) A person who contravenes clause (1) or Article 76, 77 or 78(2)
a) Shall be subject to the applicable disciplinary procedure for the relevant office
b) May be in accordance with the disciplinary procedure referred to in paragraph (a) be dismissed or otherwise removed from office.