The national government has sent out a warning to all newly elected governors about the indiscriminate sacking of workers.
It comes about as tension and anxiety have put activities at some Counties on stand still with some governors letting go of workers who supported their competition during the August 8 poll.
National government spokesman Eric Kiraithe condemned the governors who are said to have already lined up lists of people to be sacked and replaced by new appointees.
During a press briefing on Thursday, Kirathe said:
“Civil servants can only be sacked through a legal process, therefore, all the governors should halt their purges since that is not the way forward.”
“Governors should not harass public servants and replace them with those who supported them during the elections, it is unconstitutional.”
He noted every employee has a right to support any candidate as the law clearly stipulates. And more so as long as it does not affect their work.
The government spokesman finally urged governors to desist from indiscriminate sacking and focus on uniting the people without discrimination.
Incidents of indiscriminate sacking have been reported in about four Counties where governors, who are fresh from a bruising political battle, say they want to sack staff in a bid to improve service delivery.
On Wednesday, a number of Kiambu county employees were sent on compulsory leave pending their performance evaluations.
In Kiambu, about 60 ward administrators and communication officers were served with letters while communication officers were asked to take a 30-day leave from August 22. The workers were also made to hand over vehicles, equipment and any other County material in their possession.
In Machakos, Governor Alfred Mutua used the term “radical surgery” when dismissing about 437 workers. He said his goal was to improve service delivery to the people.
In Meru, Governor Kiraitu Murungi suspended senior county staff to pave way for financial and human resource audit.
Meanwhile, in Kajiado, employees are waiting for the imminent action of Governor Joseph ole Lenku amid claims he is planning a clean-up of the workforce.