BELEAGUERED: Uasin Gishu Health executive Everlyne Rotich when she appeared before MCAs on Thursday April 25, 2019 PHOTO|COURTESY
MCAs from Uasin Gishu County Assembly have issued notice to impeach Health executive Evelyne Rotich accusing her of incompetence, arrogance and mismanagement of her docket.
MCA Patrick Bundotich for Tarakwa Ward gave the notice of motion to impeach Rotich on grounds of gross incompetence and mismanagement. Bundotich is a member of the Health Committee at the assembly.
Deputy Speaker Hosea Korir, while presiding over the session in the assembly, directed that the notice stands for three days according to standing orders.
Last week the MCAs adopted a petition declaring Rotich incompetent and unfit to hold public office.
On April 8, 2019 the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) petitioned the County Assembly seeking the sacking of Ms. Rotich.
The medics through its North Rift branch Secretary-General Ismael Ayabei called for the sacking of the CEC due to incompetence and abuse of office.
While moving the motion to adopt the petition MCA Hosea Some said that they found the petitioners to be truthful.
Kiplombe Member of County Assembly (MCA) Ramadhan Ali said the health docket takes more than Sh1 billion of the county’s allocation and is critical to the public thus required a competent manager to run it.
Rotich had been summoned and grilled by the MCAs over accusations against her which she denied and claimed witch-hunt against her for being strict.
She had appeared before the Health committee chaired by Some.
Rotich also faces accusations of harassing and intimidating health workers and underperformance.
In May, the CEC found herself on a collision course with the County Assembly after she stopped revolving fund pharmacies.
The County Assembly Committee on Health said the decision by the CEC to close the pharmacies put at risk the lives of over 7, 000 patients in the County who relied on donor-funded subsidized drugs for chronic illness through the community pharmacies.
The health docket has had challenges running to Governor Jackson Mandago’s first term where the then CECs Dr. Eunice Siria and Margret Chepkwony were removed following a myriad of complaints.