Trans Nzoia: Stakes raised in County workers’ election

Mr. Samuel Kiboi (Left) who will be defending his chairmanship seat at the Kenya County Government workers union elections. On the right is Ronald Simiyu who is eyeing the branch secretary seat in the March 5, 2021 elections.

The Kenya County Government Workers union (KCGWU) elections has attracted a number of competitors in Trans Nzoia with the exercise, slated for March 5, 2021, is expected to be hotly contested.

Candidates for various elective seats have been busy for the last two months where they have been seeking backing from the more than 600 members with their main campaign promise being improving the workers’ welfare.

The branch chairman’s slot has seen the incumbent Samuel Kiboi (health department) declare interest to retain his seat where he will face off with Mr. Pascal Wekesa who is an accountant at the Mt. Elgon county Hospital.

“The upcoming election is going to be a contest between those who are interested in the welfare of the workers and those who want to be micro managed  by the county government to perpetuate impunity,” said Mr. Kiboi.

The branch secretary seat will see Eliud Nabiimba who heads the county enforcement unit square it off with Ronald Simiyu who is attached to the fire rescue unit.

“I am seeking this seat since I have the intention to form a linkage between workers across departments with our employer to find a lasting solution to labour related challenges which they face while discharging their duties,’ said Mr. Simiyu.

Other contestants are Nancy Bifwoli for the treasurer slot, Robert Tarus and Dan Wanyoike for the Youth leader position, Paul Mukoya and George Odera for the assistant branch secretary position.

The election will be held at the ASK show grounds in Kitale and will be overseen by officials from the ministry of labour and social services and a representative of the union’s national office from Nairobi.