CGL Staff Told To Uphold Highest Professional And Ethical Standards

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The County Government has urged all its staff to uphold the highest degree of professional and ethical standards in their service delivery to the citizens.
Through an internal communication, the county secretary Mr Karanja Njora said a number of officers have been are under investigations over allegations of corruption and other forms of abuse of offices.
Administrative actions have been taken and those involved have been interdicted pending outcome of investigations, the county secretary said.
The communication came after Joseph Mwangi Maina, who was interdicted as the director of water, natural resources and environment, was arrested and arraigned in court for demanding bribes.
Maina has been charged with using his position to solicit for money illegally, contrary to section 101 as read with section 102 (A) of the penal code.
A Nanyuki Court heard that the accused used his office to illegally obtain a sum of Kshs450,000 from different contractors last year.
In the first count, Maina was accused that in January 2018, he solicited for Kshs 200,000 from Mr James Gatwiri Warui, Director of Korner General Contractors Limited who had secured a tender to rehabilitate Solio 4 earth dam as facilitation fee. The accused is said to have promised that the amount would not be deducted in the final payment but the final payment reflected a deduction.
In the second count, the suspect was accused to have obtained Kshs150,000 Mr Stephen Karanja Mathenge, director of Ugatuzi Contractors who had won a tender to rehabilitate Imenya Earth Dam as facilitation fee. The promise by the county employee not deduct the money in the final pay was not fulfilled as well.
In the third count, the court heard that Maina used his office to illegally obtain Kshs100,000 from Mr Hassan Mohamood Ali, Director Laissa Construction Limited for the construction of Kalalu dam. Like the other two contractors, Laissa Construction lost the facilitation fee in the final payment
The accused pleaded not guilty to all charges. He begged for leniency and was released on a 500 thousand shilling bond plus a surety of the same, or a cash bail of 100 thousand shillings. Hearing be on March 26, 2020.
In his memo, the county secretary urged members of staff to perform their duties with high degree of professionalism and always avoid temptations to engage in unethical activities.
It is worthy to note that majority of you have embraced reforms introduced by the executive which are geared towards making our public service a world class civil service, he stated, adding;
Going forward, I wish to urge all Laikipia County staff to serve the public with high level of discipline and integrity. High ethical standards are part of our new culture and stuff who are found wanting in their conduct will have to make a choice between reforming and quitting the public service.

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