Bomet governor Hillary Barchok has threatened to sack all county officials who campaigned for his rivals in the August 9, General Election.
Barchok who was addressing Bomet County government workers at the Bomet IAAF stadium urged all those who sabotaged his gubernatorial campaigns to tender their resignation failure to which they will be forcefully shown the door.
He made it clear that he would not work with staff who were not loyal to him.
“You will discover who Barchok really is. I am a good person, but I can be very bad. I will not be comfortable retaining on the payroll any officer who sabotaged my government,” Barchok said.
To evade crushing shoulders with labor courts, Barchok said those employees serving on the contract will receive a one-month notice before their services are terminated.
“You will receive a one-month notice to avoid any legal backlash, and then release you from service,” the governor added.
Barchok said he had been patient with some of the employees ahead of the General Election, but that he had all along been taking notes, which he will be acting on moving forward.
His comments sparked uproar from a section of residents and civil rights society who vowed to move to block any attempt by the Bomet governor to sack any employee.
“It will be very wrong to sack anyone because he just aligned him or herself with a political side and I am warning Barchok that he is inviting serious legal battle,” said Kipkemoi Barsumei, a former mayor-turned-civil rights activist.
Barchok took over from Joyce Laboso, who succumbed to cancer complications at Nairobi Hospital on July 29, 2019.
He garnered 158,898 votes in the recently held General Election beating Chama Cha Mashinani party leader Isaac Ruto, and Benard Mutai of ANC to secure a second term in office.