Kilifi County employees seconded to a private revenue collection company, Rain Drops Limited, are demanding the reinstatement of the firm following a two-year legal battle between the firm and the County government.
The 500 employees have been out of their working stations for two years and have been attacked by plain cloth police officers.
The county entered into a revenue collection deal with Rain Drops Limited in 2014 during the tenure of Senate Speaker Amason Kingi as Governor of Kilifi County, but the contract is now being canceled before the last lapse of its period.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has flagged down the contract citing irregular procurement processes.
The EACC has also written to the Kilifi County Government warning it from contracting a new firm ‘Adan Contractors’ to collect revenue on its behalf. The firm was about to receive more than Sh. 130 million to collect revenue.
A contract document between Rain Drops Limited and the County government signed in 2014 indicated that the private firm would install digital software and weighbridges at various sections of the county and upon completion in 2029, it will fold up and hand over the installations to the county government.
The county government was to second its employees to the firm in execution of its revenue collection mandate.
Mr. Daniel Katana has threatened a major protest by the 500 employees from all towns in the county, calling for demonstrations across the county and converging at Governor Gideon Mung’aro’s office in Kilifi County.
Mrs. Warda Bwana said that they are paid by the County government but are attacked and harassed by police officers when they turn up for work at their stations.
She challenged the County government to assign them duties instead of paying them for work not done and also reinstate Rain Drops Limited.