Kajiado’s long serving Finance Chief Officer Morris Kaaka has finally been thrown out of the County’s treasury.
Governor Joseph Ole Lenku seems to have moved to install loyalists at the finance department by axing Kaaka who also served in former Governor David Nkedianye’s administration.
Kaaka has been replaced by Sankaire Tima of Kajiado Central.
Tima is reportedly one of the Chief Officers with a good network and effective operator in the current administration.
Tima, who was a Chief Officer in the former government, risked his job in 2017 when he defied D former Governor Nkedianye and threw his weight behind Jubilee and Lenku’s gubernatorial bid against Governor Nkedianye and ODM.
He is a known mobiliser in Dalalekutuk ward.
In the Kajiado Central by election after the death of Joseph Nkaiserry, Tima broke ranks with Nkedianye and the ODM brigade and campaigned for Jubilee candidate, Patrick Tutui.
In a further loyalist test, the Governor reinstated Finance CEC Alias Kisota whom he had suspended over finance and procurement operations that led to the formation of a probe committee that unearthed whopping Sh 1.5 billion pending bills debts.
The committee’s report seems to have exonerated Kisota from any culpability and linked the unpaid debts to “a collapse of systems and outright corruption” at the finance department where Kaaka was the accounting officer, suggesting the buck stopped with him.
By this mini reshuffle, the governor seems to be implementing the recommendation on “weeding out” disloyal officers who have been frustrating operations in his office and seemed very keen on loyal officers.
Kisota who hails from Entonet Lenkism ward just like the Governor, is reportedly ruthlessly loyal and a no nonsense fellow.
The Kisota-Tima axis is expected to bring sanity to the procurement and IFMIS departments which are the “epicenters of frustrations of both staff and suppliers.
They are expected to lead reforms that could see several heads of some rogue junior officers roll to pave way for loyal and effective service delivery.
Kaaka was transferred to the Water and Irrigation Department as Chief Officer to replace Douglas Konana, another loyalist, who was moved to Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development where Tima was serving.