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Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 13:31 EAT
Kitui County Executive Committee members took oath of office yesterday after the County Assembly vetted and endorsed all the eight Governor Charity Ngilu had nominated opening a new era of cooperation. The swearing in was conducted by senior resident magistrate Rose Ombata of The High Court of Kitui.
Mrs Ngilu has reduced the number of slots by two in a bid to create a lean team that will steer the county to greater heights of development. The governor, observers said, is keen to reduce the county's wage. Former governor Julius Malombe's administration had ten CECs. Mrs Ngilu and her Deputy Dr Wathe Nzau witnessed the swearing ceremony at KEFRI Hall in Kitui town.
Also in attendance was a cross section of MCAs led by Speaker George Ndotto, his Deputy Emeritus Kasee Musya -Kisasi Ward, Minority Leader John Kisangau (Mbaki Mbaki) -Yatta/Kwavonza Ward and County Government of Kitui officers led by Chief of Staff Crispus Ileli and Acting County Secretary Alex Kimanzi.
The vetted and endorsed CECs who took oath of office yesterday included John Makau, who ran for the post of the speaker, who is now in charge of Environment and Natural Resources.
The others are Rosaita Ngina (Health), Emanuel Kisangau (Agriculture, Water and Livestock Development), David Kivoto (Education). Mary Nguli is the Treasury CEC, Jacob Kakundi (Lands), Philip Mumo (Cooperatives), and Patrick Musau (Tourism).
Governor Ngilu has created harmony among her administration and the County Assembly led by Speaker Mr Ndotto and its leadership. The Governor’s Narc party is the Minority side with 13 MCAs out of the 54 member assembly and she has already forged a bipartisan working relationship to push her agenda in the House dominated by the Wiper party whose leader is Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mrs Ngilu has expressed her willingness to work with MCAs drawn from all parties and has told them that they are leaders elected to serve the same residents who elected her as their Governor and that there should never be political party boundaries after elections.
“We should embrace each other because at this point it doesn’t matter which political vehicle or aircraft you used to get elected, what matters most now is how we work together in a bipartisan way to deliver on our campaign promises and transform people’s lives” Mrs Ngilu was quoted saying soon after taking over office after the August 8 elections.
“Let’s all appreciate our conversion from candidates to elected leaders and work together for the common good of all Kitui people” Governor Ngilu said during a get to know each other luncheon she hosted for the MCAs at her Ithookwe home a month after the polls.
The Governor said the people of Kitui must feel a difference within the first 100 days of her administration especially on her key election pledges of provision of water, better health care and food security.
She said her administration will be service oriented and that she wants to see in the first 100 days, all health facilities well equipped and fully functioning, access to clean water improved and residents given free certified seeds for the next rain season.
She has already started implanting her pledges by supplying residents of the county with planting seeds under the theme of ‘Ndegu Revolution’ in the current rain season.
For ten years, Mrs Ngilu served as a cabinet minister for water and health ministries, which are both devolved functions and during her campaigns she was passionate about making a lasting impact in addressing the two challenges.