Civil Servants in Plea for
The Nation (Nairobi)
12 February 2008
Luke Kapchanga and Kennedy Masibo
The Civil Servants Union is calling on the Government to provide
security to its members affected by post-election violence.
Two Union officials speaking separately in Bungoma and Nakuru said
it was up to the State to ensure the workers returned to their
Mr Alfred Khangati, the union's secretary-general, said civil
servants who are useful and productive to the Government were the
most affected by the chaos.
Mr Khangati, who is also the ODM Member of Parliament for Kanduyi,
appealed to the Government to facilitate the safe movement of
displaced persons from the camps to their rural homes.
But he cautioned that the violence was not political but criminal.
"What we are witnessing now is not about stolen votes but
organised gangs terrorising innocent people," he said.
Speaking in Bungoma Town, Mr Khangati said it was wrong for
criminal gangs to block roads, kill people and destroy property
under the guise of disputed election results.
Many civil servants are seeking transfers from hostile areas to
more friendly zones.
Not resumed duty
In Nakuru, the union's treasurer, Mr Amos Kinyosi, said many of
their members have not resumed duty in Rift Valley Province
because of insecurity in their stations.
Mr Kinyosi said some of their members had fled from areas in North
Rift because of threats on their lives and they could not return
He said those who had not reported to their stations should report
to any administrative unit near them.
"Its upon the Government to either have the officers transferred
or protect them," he told the Nation.
Mr Kinyosi, who is also a member of the provincial consultative
committee, said leaders should sensitise the public, particularly
the youth, that the absence of the officers would affect service
The official regretted that some parts of the country would lag
behind in development if targeting of certain communities
Mr Kinyosi also took issue with the case at Kericho District
Hospital where medical personnel from different communities have
fled because of threats on their lives.