First choice manager declared hostile;Senator Mandago clears his name


Members of the Ad hoc committee led by the Chair Hon.Gilbert Chepkong'a(C).

By Hubzmedia Reporter


The Uasin Gishu County Assembly   Friday stood down the Managing Director First choice   recruitment and Consultancy Judith Chepchirchir, and declared her a hostile witness.


The  Ad  hoc committee that  was probing the urgency following a  petition filed  by 8,000 victims,  cited lack of   cooperation from the  managing  director  and her  advocate Henry Kenei .


Through the  chair  of  the  ad  hoc committee Gilbert  Chepkonga  who is also The member of  County assembly  for Olare/Ainabkoi  ward , the ad hoc  committee  will table  their  final report  within 14  days,


“We received  the petition from affected victims , the concerns  raised were  of  serious  nature  and  high profile individuals have  been mentioned , we however  accorded an opportunity to the First choice managing director  to expound on the  concerns raised  by the petitioners, at first she  did  not  appear  before  the  committee as was  required , we accorded  her  another  opportunity but  her  responses  were  not  satisfactory, the  committee  requested her  to furnish more  details which she  did not  oblige and today  we  stood  her  down “Said Hon Gilbert Chepkong’a.


Some of the 8,000 First Choice Victims and their parents outside the Uasin Gishu County Assembly


Hon Chepkong’a however noted that the committee will be enjoined in a legal suit as an interested party in the pursuit of the justice towards the victims,


“After  tabling our  final report  that will provide  a  way forward , we will definitely  be enjoined  as  an interested  party  and  as individual Members of  the County Assembly  in a case to pursue  justice for the  victims who hail from our wards”


Chepkonga says most of the victims were forced to sell parcels of land , and other property to  raise the  money while others  organized  for  harambees to raise   not  less than Ksh 40,000  to facilitate  their  travel abroad  through the agency, money that has  gone to the  drain.


The  Vice  chair of the Committee Hon Francis Muya Mwangi   called on Senator  Jackson Mandago, Cabinet Secretary Simon  Chelugui and  Prominent  business man  David  Lagat  who were  adversely  mention to clear  their names,


Hon.Francis Muya -The Uasin Gishu County Assembly Leader of Minority


“These  high profile individuals  were  adversely mentioned  by the  petitioners having  graced  the official launch of the First Choice  recruitment  agency in Uasin Gishu  county  in 2021 ,their presence built  confidence among the petitioners  to invest their money and  its  prudent for  them to clear their names, we  are talking about  8,000 people  whose  families have been rendered poor, Hon Mandago has however  noted  that  he  was present  only  to receive  the  Cabinet secretary,” Said  Hon Muya.


The leader of majority Hon Julius sang  has assured  petitioners  of expedited justice In the matter, he condemned the security agents in Uasin Gishu who have  been  indicted for  frustrating the victims in their  quest to carry out peaceful demonstrations against the agency.


The victims  expressed their  trust in the County assembly  for the  manner  in which their petition was handled.


“It  has been  established out  of 8,000 of  us only 10%  were  successful,many of us lost  our  monies and only  5% have  received  postdated cheques hoping to be refunded, we want Judy Chepchirchir  arrested “Said One of the Victims.


Kimutai Kirui a  human right  activist who  has continuously supported  the  victims in their  quest for justice called for   a  probe  into the dubious deals  between  recruitment  agencies and insurance firms providing fake documents to many of the  victims who are  forced back home barely  after two months,


“Most youth went abroad and sadly returned almost immediately in less than the  stimulated time.This is because many were given insurance travel cover for a period of  three months while they signed a two years contract with  the agency,Insurance firms across Kenya should be scrutinized,” Said Kimutai.


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