Focus is now on Kisumu governor Anyang Nyong’o’s recent appointment of 14 chief officers. One of the officers who has been shortlisted Alphonce Ouya was implicated in a fraud when he was an employee of the National Hospital Insurance Fund in Kisii.
Ironically, he is among the shortlisted candidates barely two weeks since Nyong’o sent home three ministers and redeployed others in a reshuffle.
Communications director in Nyongo’s office Alloys Ager said Ouya had been cleared by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission before he was shortlisted.
“Who am I to question the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission?” he wondered when contacted to shed some light on the issues raised.
Ouya is the brother of former Kisumu chief-of-staff Patrick Ouya who was sacked by Nyong’o last year. Ouya and Senator Fred Outa played a crucial role in the election of Nyong’o. The two have, however, parted ways as Outa eyes to unseat Nyong’o.
In a press release sent to newsrooms by Ager, the governor said his list had since been forwarded to the county assembly for vetting. Those nominated are Paul Abuto, Rosemary Akinyi, Zacheus Okoth, Agwar Yanzar, Penina Akinyi, Haggai Kadiri, Joseph Omulo, Daniel Otieno, George Arwa and Geofrey Ochieng’.
Others are Daniel Ochieng’, Imelda Monica, Joseph Arung and Alphonse Ouya.
Okoth will replace Orangi Angwenyi as the chief finance officer if approved by the assembly. Should the county assembly approve the list, the officers will serve in eight departments.
“The remaining positions shall duly be re-advertised by the Public Service Board in accordance with their mandate,” said
Since he came into office, Nyong’o has struggled to get rid of chief officers who served during former governor Jack Ranguma’s tenure, with his attempts to replace them ending up in court.
In the last three months, however, the governor has made a number of changes to key positions in his administration, including the appointment of a new county secretary. About two weeks ago, Nyong’o sacked executives Alice Moraa (energy and industrialisation), Richard Ogendo (business, cooperatives and marketing) and Thomas Ondijo (roads, transport and public works).
He has also placed over 20 people in strategic positions and also appointed a number of key allies to various hospital boards in the county.