Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Ngong’o has sacked the County Education Executive Dr. Obiero Ogone and other senior staff.

Former Kenya Secondary School Heads Association National chairman John Awiti has been nominated as the new Education executive.

Mr. Awiti will now have to wait for the County Assembly to vet him for the job and approve his nomination.

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Nyong’o announced the changes in a press release yesterday, terming them normal administrative matters meant to improve performance and service delivery.

Sources, however, said the changes could be a result of the handling the county’s Sh205 million bursary kitty since those affected are from the Education Department and the directorate of procurement services.

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The sources said the governor was unhappy with the delay in disbursing the bursaries to the over 300 shortlisted beneficiaries.

The others who were sent on compulsory leave alongside Dr. Ogone include; Chief Officer for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Haggai Kadiri; Acting Chief Officer for Education, ICT and Capacity Development Rosemary Otieno; and Acting Director for Youth, Women, and Persons with Disabilities George Orude, Acting Director for Technical and Vocational Education and Training Emilly Ohore; Director for Early Childhood Education Margaret Apondi; Departmental Procurement Officer Samuel Jaoko; and an accountant Sylvanus Munala.

Nyong’o said the decision to send them on compulsory leave was informed by County Secretary Geoffrey Kigochi who serves as the governor’s administration technical advisor.