Government officers in Vihiga County have been urged to maintain integrity and enhance service delivery.
Speaking on Sunday during the 9th edition of Mashujaa Day celebrations at Mbale Municipal Grounds, the Vihiga County Commissioner (CC), Susan Waweru urged officers to ensure high ethical standards in line of duty.
Warning the officers against practices which may compromise their integrity, Waweru reminded that the public has a constitutional right to be served by a government officer without demanding for favors.
“I would want the public to help my officers give them better services. Any form of corruption and mistreatment should be reported immediately,” she advised.
Meanwhile, Waweru bemoaned increased defilement cases in the region, urging parents to take extra care of their children, to reduce chances of them being exposed to the would be defilers even as the long December holidays approach.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Maendeleo Ya Wanawake representative, Anne Okila who warned parents against settling cases of defilement locally, explaining that it deprives victims’ justice.
Present during the occasion was Vihiga Deputy Governor (DG), Dr. Patrick Saisi who called for review of land boards to ensure inclusivity.
Saisi said this in the wake of land disputes in Nandi County where it is alleged several people have been forced out of their homes.
“I urge the government to review land boards in the Country to help reduce most of these conflicts. Let the boards have the face of the people living in the said region; it should not just necessarily be the inhabitants.
If that would be the case our people in Nandi County would not be experiencing the problems they are facing,” he said.
The DG warned against incitement as he urged the public to work closely with security agents by providing vital information which may help arrest those who may be out to cause insecurity.
“Of late we have witnessed incidents of insecurity in Vihiga which is worrying. I would want to warn those out to disrupt peace of our people that the law is going to catch up with them.
In the same breath I urge our leaders and the public at large to work closely with our security organs to ensure that peace prevails,” he advised.
By Isaiah Nayika