By BONIFACE GIKANDI
Newly appointed County Commissioners have started work at their new stations.
Despite the officers facing opposition from leaders and a case seeking to block the appointments pending in court, a number of the appointees confirmed to The Standard that they have began to perform their new roles. A source revealed that the county administrators had until on Monday to report to their new stations or face disciplinary action.
Some of the County Commissioners said they have specific roles to play in line with national government and thus they will not clash with governors.
“Governors have their roles cut out since county commissioners will only ensure rule of law prevails,” said one of the appointees. Embattled Mwea DC Kula Hache, who was elevated to the new position despite being accused of assault, was expected in Murang’a. Hache and her Nyeri counterpart Michael Mwangi have faced opposition from locals.
Hache is waiting for a decision by Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko on whether she will face criminal charges. Former Embu West DC Maalim Mohammed, who was moved to Kilifi County, confirmed on Monday he has started work.
Also, Kahuro DC Mohammed Birik has reported at his station in Keiyo Marakwet County.
Speaking from Kilifi, Mohammed said he took over the office on Friday last week.
“As we are talking, am already in the office with departmental heads chatting the way forward,” said Mohammed. Meanwhile, President Kibaki’s decision to appoint the commissioners continued to receive mixed reactions. Two Anglican Church of Kenya bishops differed over the controversial appointments.
Bishop Simon Oketch (Maseno North) supported the appointments, saying if the commissioners are qualified, then they should be left to carry out their duties. However, Bishop Bineah Salala (Mumias) said Kibaki’s decision was unconstitutional and he should revoke the appointments.
“If the appointees are qualified, we should let them serve Kenyans. They can deliver,” argued Okech.