Nakuru MCAs have weighed in on the ongoing debate on the termination of the contract of the late Lakeview ward MCA Karanja Mburu’s office staff.
A letter from the County assembly human resource department had indicated the contract termination of the office staff of the late MCA.
According to the letter, the staff include the late MCA’s secretary, Personal Assistant and a driver.
And on Wednesday the Nakuru county assembly members seemed not to agree with the decision.
This was evident after Speaker Joel Maina Kairu made a gratitude communication from the family of the late and revoking standing order number one to allow members to remember the late.
The MCAs urging the three staff members to be retained.
Kabazi MCA Dr. Peter Mbae who was the chair of the funeral committee for the late said the even the wording of the later was wrong. According to Mbae, the office of the late should not be dissolved.
“Those staff should be in office until a by-election is carried out,” said Mbae.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Flamingo Ward MCA Eddy Kiragu. While terming the late a great leader who will be remembered forever, Kiragu called on the County assembly human resource department to reconsider the decision of terminating the contract.
Kiragu suggested that the procedure be followed to allow the three staff to continue working even with three-month notice.
“The Human Resource Department should reconsider the decision of terminating the contract,” said Kiragu.
Naivasha East MCA Karanja Stanley reiterating that it was wrong to dissolve the office of the late. He said the office should remain in place until the by-election is held.
Nominated MCA Rachael Maru on her part appealed on Nakuru MCAs to ensure they be close to the family of the late.
Soin Ward MCA Irene Chebichi called on the members of the county assembly to ensure the young family left behind is taken care off. She also appealed to the county assembly of Nakuru to ensure the people of Lakeview ward are not left behind by ensuring that the staff of the late remain in office.
“As a mother, I feel the pain that the young family will face. I urge this house to ensure that the family is taken care off. In fact, we should talk to the executive to see to it that the widow gets payslip,” she said.
Naivasha’s Viwandani MCA Erick Gichuki who is also the acting MCA for Lakeview ward said he will continue to push for the motions and bills that the late was advocating for.
He called on the house to ensure a tree is planted at the county assembly in honour of the late adding that they will ensure the establishment of a Karanja Mburu park in Naivasha.
Majority leader and MCA for Elementaita Moses Ndung’u termed the decision as uncalled for. He said the Personal Assistant to the late MCA is of great help to the family of the late.
“We want that decision withdrawn. Let’s respect the late by ensuring that the staff remain in office” said the majority leader.
In his ruling, Speaker Joel Maina Kairu stated that the letter that was going around was misleading. He directed that a board meeting shall be held to address concerns raised by members.
“The letter is misleading and a board meeting shall be held on the same. We shall do what is necessary for addressing the concerns raised,” said the Speaker.
He also called on the COVID-19 ad-hoc committee to play their part in ensuring that what the late Karanja Mburu was advocating for is achieved.