Trans Nzoia: MCAs accuse board of unfairness in hiring

Sirende ward MCA Alfred Weswa (second right) follows proceedings by the church during the official opening of an Early Childhood Education (ECDE) block at St. Johns Machungwa B Primary school on June 15, 2021.

The Trans Nzoia county public service board has come under sharp criticism over alleged discrimination of residents in the recent hiring of personnel within the health department

A section of members of the county assembly of Trans Nzoia have accused the board of contravening a constitutional requirement that calls for the allocation of 70% of employment opportunities to residents.

“It is so unfair for the board to give priority to residents of other counties at the expense of those from within Trans N​​zoia,” Sirende MCA Alfred Weswa said during the official opening of an Early Childhood Education (ECDE) block at St. Johns Machungwa B Primary school.

Separately, Sitatunga ward MCA Daniel Kaburu accused the board of being compromised by a powerful individual within the county to influence the outcome of the interviews for alleged selfish interests.

“We are not happy with this development as the county assembly and we shall be summoning members of the board to shed more light on how the process was conducted,” Mr. Kaburu spoke in an interview.

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The board has also come under sharp criticism over a move to shelve interviews (without notice) for various advertised positions in the past despite a huge interest by job seekers in the region.

“We wonder why the board fancies the habit of advertising for vacant positions in several departments but secretly cancels interviews without offering an explanation as required,” said an applicant who spoke on a condition of anonymity for fear of victimization.

Some of the notable advertisements which had interviews canceled without notice are that of county enforcement officers and that of directors of departments that were done in 2018.

The board however maintains that the hiring exercise was done competently in line with the constitutional requirements dismissing claims of favoritism.