The attempts by the immediate former County Secretary Mr. Francis Ominde to block his sacking has hit a snag after Industrial court failed to reinstate him pending a hearing later this month. The embattled CS had rushed to court seeking legal intervention after his dismissal by Nandi County governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat over gross misconduct, abuse of office and insubordination.
In suit filed by Mr. Ominde at the Labour and Industrial court in Kisumu accusing the governor and the County government of Nandi for unfair and un -procedural dismissal, the court declined to grant him a hearing on all the six grounds of dismissal and instead allowed only a hearing over notification or show cause by the employer.
Mr. Ominde was expected to hand over the office last week to his successor Dr. Francis Kipkemboi Sang following his dismissal, an exercise that was to be overseen by deputy governor Dr. Dominic Biwott, but he never turned up.
This comes as damning evidences continue to emerge of the former CS’s Francis Ominde abuse of office, insubordination, sabotage of the government and deliberate attempts to derail employment and promotions of county staff in collaboration with other senior officials in the County who are still in office.
Speaking after he was ushered into his new office by the deputy governor, newly appointed County Secretary Dr. Francis Kipkemboi Sang expressed his gratitude to governor Lagat for the appointment, adding that he was very much alive to the challenges bedeviling the system and would do his best to normalize the situation before he hands over the office to the next government. Moreover, he reiterated that he will uphold the rule of law in his decision making. Dr. Sang is expected to take oath of office later in the course of this week.
The sacking of the CS has however drawn mixed reactions from leaders and residents across the County. Led by Nandi Senator and Jubilee gubernatorial nominee Hon. Stephen Sang, who has backed governor Lagat’s decision. Speaking on KASS FM, a local radio station during a popular programme ‘’Lenee emeet’’ Sang said that the constitution allowed the governor to exercise his powers and was within his right to dismiss the CS.
While a majority of residents welcomed the decision to fire the CS , some were of the opinion that the decision though right came late, ‘’ We applaud governor Lagat for the decision to sack the CS but he should have been done so long time ago’’ added a resident.