A few days after the Makueni County Assembly approved the appointment of Benjamin Mutie as the new County Secretary, this has sparked protests by some residents.
One of them, Kennedy Maneno, has sent a petition to the County Assembly, seeking to stop Mutie’s swearing-in, arguing that the right procedure was not followed in appointing him.
If confirmed, Mutie will succeed Paul Esanga, who quit early last year.
Through various social media platforms, including The Kathonzweni Professionals’ Whatsapp group, the locals have expressed their dissatisfaction with the county secretary choice.
Mutie served as the chairman of the Board of Public Service in the county for six years. His name was proposed by Governor Kivutha Kibwana for vetting as the county secretary by the County Assembly.
During vetting by the County Assembly, two members, Justus Masesi and Mbula Mutua, opposed his appointment, saying that as the chairman of the Public Service Board, he had performed poorly.
They also opposed the “recycling of county employees in the name of experience” when there are many young and educated professionals.
On April 15th 2019, the position was declared vacant and interviews conducted on 28th May 2019, but no results were announced. Then, Mutie was the chairman of the Public Service Board.
The position was readvertised on 21st August the same year and vetting done on 28th February, this year, after Mutie’s board tenure had expired.
The people have urged Governor Kibwana to nullify the appointment of the county secretary and start the process afresh.