Nyoro corrects misconception about 48 sacked Kiambu Municipal Board members


Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro has dismissed media reports that his administration had sacked 48 municipal board members who sit in committees of project funded by the World Bank over claims that they did not have post-primary school education.

While speaking in Thika on Thursday afternoon when receiving the second consignment of donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from Safaricom Foundation for Thika Level Five Hospital worth Sh 2.6 million, Dr. Nyoro termed the reports as a misconception by the media since he had not sacked anybody.

"I think what you should know is that there is a requirement in the law on who serves in a particular board. The World is very particular about the building, capacity and governance of municipalities. So, we checked through and realised that we had a few members who didn't qualify to be in these boards. We simply requested them to step down as board members. And we are in the process of recruiting new members following the law," he explained.

"The law is very clear on who becomes a board member. In the mean time, these others (board members who stepped down) will be able to serve in various other capacities within the county. What we are doing is to do things that are legal," he added.

On the impasse at the Senate over revenue allocation to counties, the governor said that it was quite unfortunate that devolved units could go for three months without money. This he said, had presented them with a myriad of challenges with some counties even unable to pay its staff.

"We (Kiambu County) are lucky that we have managed to pay our staff salaries up to the month of July (2020). However, a lot of our functions will soon ground to a halt and as a Council of Governors, we unanimously agreed today that if these impasse continues, we will close down all counties as we cannot run without money," said Nyoro.

Chairman of Safaricom Foundation Joseph Ogutu hailed the cordial relationship between their organisation and Kiambu County, bearing in mind that M-PESA Foundation Academy was based in Thika.

He also noted other noble partnerships with various organisations in Kiambu such as Joy Town School and Kijabe Mission hospital in Thika and Lari Sub-Counties respectively.

Also present were Health CEC Dr. Joseph Murega, Health Chief Officer Dr. Patrick Nyaga, Kamenu MCA Raphael Chege, Chairman Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Alfred Wanyoike among others.

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