Top public servants coerced to back Raila — Kwanza team

DP Gachagua says government will not exploit them; they will do their jobs

In Summary

• Before the August 9 polls, there were complains  public servants had been whipped to back the Azimio side in Ruto's Rift Valley turf. 

• RC Maalim Mohammed said civil servants would now only work with the elected leaders and government.

Rift Valley regional commissioner Maalim Mohammed receives a gift of a special gourd containing mursik (fermented milk) during prayers at Koilel in Uasin Gishu on October 9
WELCOME: Rift Valley regional commissioner Maalim Mohammed receives a gift of a special gourd containing mursik (fermented milk) during prayers at Koilel in Uasin Gishu on October 9

Several Rift Valley leaders have lashed out at some civil servants they accused of undermining William Ruto in the presidential campaigns.

They said on Sunday some civil servants were coerced to back the Azimio side, and some did it willingly, against their code of conduct and neutrality.

CS nominee for Roads Kipchumba Murkomen said Ruto’s government would not intimidate public servants and use them for politics.

He spoke after a prayer meeting at Koilel in Uasin Gishu on Sunday. Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang'ula were present, among others Kenya Kwanza leaders.

“All civil servants must now know  freedom has come and they must serve Kenyans without any fear or favour," Murkomen said.

Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago launched a scathing attack on some civil servants and business people in Eldoret whom he claimed had been extensively used to fight Ruto before the polls.

He claimed he team was led by an official who has since been  transferred.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said he had already met some civil servants in the region, including county commissioners, and they agreed on how best they would serve the public.

“We have talked to public servants, especially county commissioners, and agreed they will be helping dealing with famine, distributing relief food and security matters," Gachagua said.

He said public servants must be ready to do the work for which they are paid.

“The only thing they must now get used to is to tell the truth because we in Kenya Kwanza led by President William Ruto will not entertain lies,” Gachagua said.

He said they must familiarise themselves with the Kenya Kwanza manifesto. 

Rift Valley regional commissioner Maalim Mohammed has pledged that public servants in the region would work with dedication and loyalty to the Ruto government.

Before the August 9 polls, there were complaints that public servants had been "whipped" to back the Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

Mohammed said, however, they would now work with elected leaders and the government.

“As public servants, the government of the day is where we belong and that is Kenya Kwanza," Mohammed said.

He said they would have a retreat with top government officials to take  civil servants through the Kenya Kwanza manifesto so they can understand it and serve with commitment and dedication.

He said the retreat would empower civil servants to effectively implement government programmes.

Mohammed said they were proud of the DP because he was one of them, having served as an administrator in the past.

“Your message to us has been very clear. I assure the government that we will work with the elected leaders," Mohammed said.

He said he would continue to lead efforts to end banditry in Kerio Valley where the situation had improved.

(Edited by V. Graham) 

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