Uasin Gishu revokes First choice Permit;County attorney in trouble over Finland program


Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker with members of the Adhoc Commitee on Finland and First Choice Petition/Photo Bernard Kemei

Uasin Gishu County Assembly Adhoc Committee probing First Choice recruitment and Consultancy Agency and the Finland Program tabled their final recommendations Wednesday.

According to speaker Philip Muigei the Committee after interrogating various stakeholders mentioned in the two programs found out that the petitions were merited and that there was contravention of the law.

“On the Finland issue, we have asked the executive and the employees who were involved or mentioned to step aside until an investigation is carried out to determine what happened. The program should be stopped until all the issues raised are discussed and sorted out,” said the Uasin Gishu County Assembly speaker.

Concerning the First Choice Recruitment and Consultancy Agency they have asked the Inspector general of Police to immediately compel the agency to release the travel documents  that they have been holding for thousands of youth  that had applied for the job.

“We have also urged the County government of Uasin Gishu to revoke its business permit until all investigations are completed,” he added.

Langas  Ward MCA who is also the vice Chairman of Adhoc Committee Francis Muya said there were many irregularities in the two programs where Kenyans were swindled millions of shillings.

Langas ward MCA and Leader of Minority Francis Muya,Hon.Muya was also the Vice chair of the Committee/Photo Bernard Kemei

“It’s sad that the Finland program was not brought to the attention of the County Education Minister , the Cabinet, or even the County Assembly for discussion and approval . This shows that some few individuals used the program to swindle money from innocent Kenyans. All those who were involved should face the full force of the law,” said the Langas Mca.

He noted that the County attorney should also resign for signing MOUs and fake documents that led to loss of money that were pocketed by about  three individuals that were well connected to the then County CEO .

Concerning the First Choice matter Muya said over 8,000 youth who applied to go to Qatar for World Cup jobs lost over 320 million shillings.

“We have also recommended that the agency be compelled to release the documents belonging to the thousands of youth and the money lost should be refunded to the last coin and we have further recommended that IPOA should investigate police officers especially in the Directorate of criminal Investigation who were adversely mentioned to have been  compromised  to harass and frustrate the Victims as they sought for justice at the Eldoret Central police Station,” he said.

This does not leave out the Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Dr Eddyson Nyale who kept silent as this atrocity was being committed, we also call on Senator Jackson Mandago, Businessman David Lagat and our  Cabinet Secretary for labour Simon  Chelugui  who were mentioned  adversely to clear their names.Added Muya.

The Chairman of the Committee Olare/Ainabkoi MCA Gilbert Chepkonga said the County assembly will make sure that all recommendations have been adhered to.

Chairman of the Committee Olare/Ainabkoi MCA Gilbert Chepkonga/Photo Bernard Kemei

“We are watching closely to ensure that all the recommendations are adhered to fully even if it means at some points to be on the streets for these recommendations to be responded to, the later we will do that in solidarity with the bold young men and women who appended their signatures in this petition,” he said.

Kimutai Kirui of the Centre against Torture who guided the victims into filling the petition has thanked the Uasin Gishu county Assembly and the committee for working tirelessly and expeditiously into the petition that has finally provided a flicker of hope to the many victims of First Choice recruitment and Consultancy.

A similar petition is ongoing at the Senate and the National Assembly.


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