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Sonko suspends county officer for unauthorised foreign trip

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has cracked the whip once again by suspending Devolution executive Ms Vesca Kangogo for insubordination.

This comes after the county executive travelled to United States of America last week Friday, June 1, 2018 against the instructions of the governor not to proceed on the trip.

In a letter by County Secretary Mr Peter Kariuki, Ms Kangogo has been asked to proceed on leave pending provision of a satisfactory response as to why she travelled without express authority, an act the letter points out as insubordination.

“It has come to the attention of this office that you travelled to the United States of America on June 1, 2018 having received express instructions from the governor not to proceed on the trip prior to departure.

“Your failure to obey lawful instruction from your appointing authority is tantamount to insubordination and therefore, you are hereby directed to step aside from your duties and responsibilities,” read in part the letter dated June 5 and copied to Governor Sonko.

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The Devolution and Public Service Management executive has subsequently been asked to provide a satisfactory response within seven days, which ends on Tuesday next week, on why she travelled without her boss’s express authority.

“Your response, if any, should be received in the office of the herein undersigned within seven days from the date of this letter,” read the letter.

She was first appointed to the Finance docket when Sonko came into office, after having served as the vice chairperson of the County Public Service Board (CPSB) in former governor Dr Evans Kidero’s regime, before being moved to the Devolution docket in a cabinet reshuffle in February.

Ms Kangogo’s suspension is the second one at City Hall after former Finance and Economic Planning executive, who apparently succeeded Ms Kangogo in the same docket, was suspended and then sacked by Governor Sonko for ‘working with his enemies’.

But contacted for her comment, Ms Kangogo said she was yet to receive the letter: “I have not yet received it. Let me respond tomorrow (today) because by the time I left the office at 5pm I had not received it,” she said.