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Governor Khaemba turns Trans-Nzoia into a hotbed of nepotism

Nepotism is the criteria for appointment in Trans-Nzoia county which is run by governor Patrick Khaemba and his wife Lydia Khaemba who is equally calling shots in her husband’s administration.  Any qualified job seeking Kenyan without a relative or friend at the Tranz-Nzoia’s county offices or assembly stands no chance of employment to improve service delivery.

The vice has pushed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to freeze accounts of some unqualified employees at the health department where all the officers are relatives.

Governor Khaemba’s wife Lydia Khaemba pushed her husband to influence the employment her brother Dickson Kirwa as as a clinical officer, the same position where the chief officer in charge of livestock Shadrack Kimtai also employed his brother Kosgei Shadrack.

The CEC in charge of public service management Susan Murumba has employed her daughter, Dolphin Murumba, as nutrition and dietetics technician-the same position where Evelyn Nanyama, the daughter to the county assembly protocol officer is serving.

Governor Patrick Khaemba and his wife Lydia in a past PR event [p/courtesy]

The human resource manager Imelda Agoi who runs the county public service board has also employed her sisters Lillian Kasandi, Edith Khavere and her cousin Amos Barasa in the position of orthopedic technologist.  Stephen Obare, the son to the Trans Nzoia county assembly CEO is also employed in the position of health administrative officers through the influence of his corrupt father.

The long list also includes the county’s public service board secretary, Mr. Soita who used his position to influence the handpicking of his daughter Rael Naliaka to serve as a nurse.

Mr John Meng’wa who is eyeing the Saboti parliamentary seat but currently in charge of environment influenced the employment of his brother Javan Kimtai Meng’wa while county secretary Wakofula Sifuna is found to have employed his daughter Mary Nasimiyu in the position of physiotherapist.

Also in the spotlight is Trans Nzoia deputy governor Stanely Tarus who influenced the employment for his daughter Cynthia Kepkosgei as health administrative officer. Other practitioners of the vice include Chereng’ani sub-county administrator Dorothy Musikoyo who employed her sister Saenyi Eugene as a medical officer while Diana Seme, a ward administrator also sneaked in her sister Rose Nafula.

Trans-Nzoia’s County assembly finance officer Moses Lupao also influenced employment of his sister Stella Pepela at the county offices.

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