By Andrew Ombuni
Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khamala remained adamant that he will not reinstate the sacked employees of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
This is despite the employees, Jastan Iminyi (accounts assistant), Abdallah Kibonge (driver), Jackline Machio (records manager), Jairus Nandwa (logistics officer) and security guards Dacklyne Mukhabali and Polycarp Ngaira obtaining a court order barring the NG-CDF committee from declaring their positions vacant.
The six have sued the MP Bishop Khamala, fund chairman Fabian Shilako, manager Peter Ochokolo and the NG-CDF Board for terminating their employment illegally. The case was filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Kisumu.
Justice Mathews Nduma directed that the case to be heard on April 10 this year and barred the NG-CDF from declaring their positions vacant.
Addressing the media in his office yesterday, the MP said they forged the signature of the fund manager and extended their contracts that had already expired for three more years.
“Their contracts were coming to a close on March 1, this year after serving for a period of three years. They forged the signature of the fund manager, stole contract forms and extended their term to 2021 and sneaked them back to their files,” said Bishop Khamala.
Bishop Khamala said they ceased being employees of Lurambi NG-CDF and should stop masquerading to be working for him, adding that any business transacted by them on behalf of NG-CDF will be illegal.
“I have already written a letter to the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) inviting to come and conduct investigations against them so that they can held culpable by their own actions,” said Khamala.
Mr Khamala said he also want the DCI and EACC sleuths to probe the six over funds misuse when they were at the helm of power, arguing that some of them were living an extravagant life as compared to what they earn.
He said they own palatial homes, rental homes and a fleet of homes, saying they must be investigated the source of their money. “If the property they own was from the tax payers money, they will have to refund it,”
“Someone who earns Sh25,000 cannot be in a position to have a fleet of cars, running a matatu transport business, lives in a house of over Sh15million and have rental houses. That’s unheard of, he said.
Elsewhere, Bishop Khamala also wants the EACC to investigate Maraba Secondary School Board of Management over loss of Sh3.6million.
According to the legislator, he gave out Sh3.6million towards the purchase of land for expansion of the school but instead they bought a rock. “How can you spend money and buy a rock. That’s unacceptable,”
Khamala also revealed that they have moved to the new premises within the Kakamega Central Business District (CBD) along Kakamega-Kisumu road.