Bungoma county chief officer for finance and economic planning Chrispunus Barasa has resigned after Governor Wycliffe Wangamati forced him.
According to sources the bitter governor called Barasa and openly told him to resign or be sacked. He blamed him for being a mole and spying, briefing ex-governor now senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka.
Barasa has not been received well by those surrounding Wangamati who are eyeing his position.
The former Bungoma teachers’ savings and credit co-operative society manager bowed to pressure from the executive to quit.
Sources said the strict Barasa who was hired during the reign of Lusaka has been ordered to pay a huge amount of money without supporting documents but refused.
They added that the chief officer had opted to leave due to constant interference and demands for cash by a group calling itself the “Pentagon” at the county government headquarters
An officer in a lower rank in the chief officer’s office who did not want to be named said Governor Wangamati was yet to name a replacement.
However another source said the newly appointed chairman of the county public service board J Namulala had been approached and requested to take over
Namulala a retired district accountant who worked at the county government of Mombasa as the financial accountant is said to have sought more time to consult before he could make a decision.
Barasa was among the Lusaka’s chief officers who survived the big chop together with J Arugut of livestock development and Stella Mutsotso of co-operatives
Khalaba ward MCA Majimbo Okumu claimed Barasa was a victim of highhandedness by part of the executive. He added that he is the best performing and commended him to avoid tainting his image.