Mombasa County Commissioner John Otieno has issued a stern warning to chiefs, assistant chiefs and village elders drawn from Mombasa county who failed to attend this year's Jamhuri Day celebrations.
Otieno, who was addressing Mombasa residents at Mama Ngina Waterfront on Tuesday, December 12, noted that most of his juniors had not attended the national-wide celebrations.
He threatened to take action against those who had failed to attend and ordered a roll call to establish those who were present at the event.
"I am aware that Kisauni DCC is unwell however where are the rest? Can those from Nyali, Kisauni and Mvita please stand up. Mvita team please aanzeni kuitana," he directed.
He further threatened to issue dismissal letters to those who had failed to attend the function.
"For all those who have failed to attend tomorrow you will all receive your letters once the Deputy County Commissioners(DCCs) of the areas provide me with the names of all those who are here today," the tough-talking Otieno noted.
On his part, Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir pleaded with the county Commissioner not to use punitive measures but inform his juniors of the need to attend such national events.
"Don't take tough actions on them, however, teach them the need to attend such events and the roles they play in disseminating information to the grassroots," Abdulswamad Nassir pleaded.