The Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu-K), Francis Atwoli, recently spoke out during a funeral service in the Khwisero constituency in Kakamega county, calling on President William Ruto to publicly name government officials who have allegedly benefited from the Galana Kulalu irrigation project through the illegal subdivision of land.
Atwoli stated that it is important for the public to know who is responsible for misusing public resources while supporting leaders such as Raila Odinga and former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
His comments come shortly after President Ruto revoked the planned subdivision of 245,029 acres of land at the Galana Kulalu irrigation project, an action that Atwoli praised as being necessary to revive the project, especially at a time when the country is facing a food shortage and drought. He emphasized that those who have allegedly misused public resources should have their names made public, regardless of whether they will be taken to court or not.
Atwoli also warned governors against firing workers who were hired by their predecessors, noting that this has led to an increase in "ghost workers" in counties, where employees are falsely listed on payrolls and end up consuming taxpayers' money while also hindering operations in devolved units.
He urged new governors to not hold grudges against county workers, as they are civil servants and not the governor's employees. He also pointed out that President Ruto is working with civil servants he found in office and only chose his own Cabinet and Principal Secretaries. He advised governors to focus on delivering to the electorate and working with those already in office.
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