Nyeri Deputy Governor Caroline Karugu has broken her silence she opted to resolved her dispute with her boss in court after exhausting all possible avenues to amicably settle their difference.
She said her case which is before labour court will set record straight on the role of deputy governors whom she said were taken for granted.
Speaking after attending a two day women in leadership seminar in Nyeri town Karugu said that she went to court after dialogue between her and Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga failed on many occasions.
“For a longtime I have been writing emails and went even further to send elders to him but I never succeeded so I had no choice but to seek court redress and I hope this will help other deputies who are suffering silently” said Karugu.
Karugu moved to labour court seeking redress after being denied salary and allowances by the county since 2019 amounting to millions of shillings.
In her court papers, Karugu says that she has been surviving on her own without even fuel after falling out with Mutahi due perceived political differences.
The case was set for hearing under a certificate of urgency by the Deputy Registrar of the Labour court in Nyeri. Judge Nderi Nduma certified the matter urgent and directed the application to be served to the parties and be mentioned on September 16 this year.
However Karugu said that she has no political ambitions and want to serve the people of Nyeri.
“When I took oath of office I swore to serve the people of Nyeri they should not be worried am setting records straight and that is why I have moved to court,” said Karugu.
She disclosed as the chair of deputy governors she has moral obligation to ensure that the court redefine their roles as per the constitution and ensure that they are no longer regarded as flower girls.
“I know some of deputies have good working relationship with governors, however many are suffering and this must be brought to an end,” she stressed.
She said that deputies should have a clear set out mandate as county executive secretaries to ensure that they are paid and also have defined roles in the counties.