Kericho public service board denies graft claims

Tuesday March 14 2017

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By TIMOTHY KEMEI
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The Kericho County Public Service Board had defended itself against allegations of corruption over hiring of employees.

The board denied that it has been receiving money from those seeking employment in the county government.

Speaking during promotion ceremony for more than 300 medical practitioners in the county, Public Service Board Chairman David Siele said the allegations were “shocking and unbelievable.”

“It is shocking and unbelievable for anyone to claim that MCAs and members of the board have been receiving money and I am challenging those who have been asked to pay for government jobs to come forward and file a formal complaint with the board,” said Mr Siele.

He said his team would continue to ensure that those appointed to hold various public offices are qualified for the jobs.

He said any case of corruption in the employment process should be reported to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Board member Betsy Kirui said the board had worked tirelessly to fill up government positions which were created by the devolved system of governance.

“We conduct very thorough interviews because our aim is to select the best candidates for the county public service and I am certain that those who succeed in our interviews can succeed in any other interview anywhere in the world because the process is thorough,” she added.

Ms Kirui added they have recruited 1,870 new employees over the past four years.

Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony said employment opportunities had been distributed equally among the 30 wards in the county.