Intense lobbying for the positions of Nandi county executive and county secretary positions is on.
Four nominees were recently vetted by the Nandi assembly appointing committee.
Philemon Bureti (lands, environment natural resources, water and sanitation), Drice Rono (transport and infrastructure), Grace Sugut (education) and Francis Sang (county secretary) appeared before the seven member panel.
Bureti was the first to face the panel and he was tasked to explain how and where he acquired his academic qualifications. He holds suspicious academic papers.
This came after a member questioned how he obtained his doctorate degree in a span of two years yet he had no reputable published journals.
In his response, Bureti informed the committee that the regulations to have published journals for one to be awarded a PhD came in 2013 after he had long graduated in 2003.
The chair of the committee speaker Joshua Kiptoo ordered the nominee to deliver the required documents together with his identity card to the committee for further interrogation.
Rono the nominee for transport and infrastructure told the committee that he will be able to rectify the anomalies committed by his predecessors in one month, having gained a wealth of experience at his former employment as a public works engineer in Samburu county.
The nominee for education has an uphill task since the department has on two occasions been marred with misappropriation of funds and poor workmanship especially for the ECD classes.
The committee is taxed with also vetting six members for the county public service board, before submitting the report for consideration in two week’s time.
The positions for the CECs transport, lands and education fell vacant after the two former CECs resigned, while Governor Stephen Sang dismissed the former CEC for education, Valentine Chumo.
Investigations into the theft and loss of property at the education and transport departments revealed that leadership and management lapses led to underperformance which necessitated the restructuring.