Am Not Stepping Down for Tom Odege , Union Official declares

Kenya Civil Servants Union Treasure Justus Mugo (center)

BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Kenya Civil Servants Union officials will converge in Nairobi on June 2nd 2021 to elect new office bearers to represent 270,000 strong workforces in the public sector.

Top positions have seen a tectonic shift as former allies of Secretary-General Tom Odege, also Nyatike MP decamped to back national treasury Justus Mugo. Mugo’s team enjoys support from two former close allies of Odege, Wilson Asingo and Lamek both from Nyanza region. Considering Kenya’s political matrix that revolves around ethnic mobilization, the Odege camp is furious at this move terming it “ultimate betrayal”.

Mr Odege was speaking to The Weekly Vision on phone from Dubai where he is on a one-week long visit, he further lambasted Asingo and Lamek as “lame ducks” lost in the wilderness of confusion and lack of focus saying he had helped the two like a true brother only to be stabbed in the back

Odege however is shrugging off the challenge saying his track record speaks for itself dismissing Mugo as a “semi-literate biting the hand that fed him”! Odege said he had shielded Mugo in a brotherly spirit as he did not qualify to become the treasurer. The same Mugo had run down union finances while running his private matatu and farming business in his native Embu County. Odege further accused his treasurer of “stealing” union cash from a rental property in Ngara and diverting it to his private account.

Mr Odege was speaking to The Weekly Vision on phone from Dubai where he is on a one-week long visit, he further lambasted Asingo and Lamek as “lame ducks” lost in the wilderness of confusion and lack of focus saying he had helped the two like a true brother only to be stabbed in the back!

But a furious Lamek told this writer that Odege had adopted a “lone ranger” management style ignoring advice on how to improve the welfare of civil servants he claims are poorly remunerated and have stagnated in positions without promotions. Both Lamek and Asingo claim Mugo is a frontrunner and dismissed the “semi-literate” stating that the treasurer is a university graduate holding a Bachelor’s degree in public finance.

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