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Monday, 23 May 2016 15:43 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Three local administration officers in the national government have been suspended in Elgeyo Marakwet.
Rift valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo announced on Saturday that Alfrick Lorem (the chief of Koibirir location), Jackson Kiptoo (chief of Kapyego location) and assistant chief Alfrick Cheboi of Kaben sub location will vacate office over what he termed “gross misconduct and incompetence”.
Speaking at a peace meeting held in Tot Town, Musiambo said that the three have been complicit in a number of crimes in the Kerio Valley, in particular the continued persistence of illicit alcohol production.
During the meeting, Musiambo paraded 11 chiefs and assistant chiefs before the public and warned them that stern action would be taken against anyone found to be discharging his duties without zeal.
Local leaders including governor Alex Tolgos watched in bewilderment as the coordinator lectured the chiefs about how to conduct their duties.
Musiambo accused Lorem of failing to report stolen animals belonging to a Pokot herder hidden in his location, near Tot.
“We cannot continue having our administration officers who are condoning crime. You either style up or you go home,” Musiambo said.
Assistant chief Cheboi was accused of failing to give the correct number of animals stolen by bandits who raided his sub location last week.
Musiambo said Cheboi had switched off his phone when his superiors called to get an update on the number of animals stolen during the incident where at least 80 cows and 300 goats were stolen.
As for Kiptoo of Kapyego location, the coordinator said he was a habitual drunkard and was unfit to continue in the position.