Vihiga County governor Wilber Otichillo is not at ease with his Deputy Dr. Patrick Lumumba Saisi over the ongoing nurses strike in the county. Differences have emerged in the relationship between the two leaders as reported by the Nation Newspaper and now the governor has told his deputy to leave office if he is unhappy with how he is running the affairs of the western county.
Vihiga county nurses have been striking for more than 2 weeks now over poor pay and working conditions. However, the deputy governor accused his boss that he has allowed the strike to go on without addressing the nurses issues which has paralysed service delivery at the county health facilities. The deputy governor has also been quoted in different occasions that he is unhappy with the leadership style of his boss.
Vihiga county is not the first one where the deputy and the governor express their working differences in public. Kiambu and Nairobi counties have also experienced the situation where the two top county leaders do not seem to agree on resolving issues at the county. However, for Vihiga, it is unclear whether the deputy governor Dr. Patrick Lumumba wants to succeed his boss considering the two leaders are both serving their first term in office.
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