By The Coast Reporter
Taita-Taveta County Governor Granton Samboja has officially unveiled his cabinet after a swearing in ceremony held early this week outside the County Government offices in Wundanyi town.
The governor implored that its upon the seven County Executive Committee (CECs) members sworn by the Wundanyi Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi to ensure that efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery was the order of the day.
“I have no doubt that the chosen CECs are the best among the best to tackle the challenges ahead of us. The local community expects much from us and I highly believe that the team is capable of meeting the citizen’s expectations to transform the county into a competitive economy,” he explained.
Governor Samboja vowed his young administration would not condone corruption amongst his new cabinet that is set to embark on its duties with immediate effect.
“Each of one of you will be fully responsible for whatever happens in your departments and shall be held accountable in case things went west.” Cautioned Samboja
“I have promised the electorates that my county administration shall not condone corruption, laxity, incompetence, nepotism among others malpractices that could jeopardize my administration.” Said the governor.
Present at the function was County Commissioner Kula Hache, Deputy Governor Majala Mlagui, County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maganga and 33 members of the County Assembly.
Among those who took oath of office included Dr Vincent Masawi (Finance), Dr Frank Mwangemi (Health), Daniel Makoko (Education), Getrude shuwe (Trade), Davis Mwangoma (Agriculture), Bigvai Ouma (Youth) and Claries Gombe (Lands).
The deputy Governor H.E Majala Mlagui will serve in the department of Mining, Industrialization, ICT and Special Programs.
At the same time the governor told the CECs that they would be required to submit quarterly reports to his office and to the county assembly or any other time they would be required to do so.
“Your decisions on projects and programmes to be implemented should be informed by their priorities and needs. Each every one of you should strive to ensure that the County Integrated Development Plan is implemented as it captures the needs and the best interests of the citizenry,” Samboja directed the CECS.
On her part, Ms Hache said the county and national governments would continue complimenting each other to serve the people f Kenya better.
The county commissioner promised to continue consulting with the governor for the public good while at the same asking the CECs to work within the law.
Speaker Maganga praised the new CECs saying they had good presentation and credentials to serve the county residents better.
“The good academic papers, presentation we saw during the vetting process should translate to output in terms of implementation of service delivery to the local community,” the Speaker told the CECs.
Maganga at the same time concurred with the county commissioner that the two arms of the government should continue embracing team work to cultivate synergy
The CECs were appointed after the MCAs adopted the report of the Public Appointment Committee last week on the vetting of the nine nominees presented to the House by Majority Leader Jason Tuja for appointment by the governor to their substantive positions.
The committee said the approved nominees had the requisite abilities, qualifications and experience which qualify them for appointment as CECs by Mr Samboja.
The appointment committee also recommended the disapproval of the two CECs nominees namely Evelyn Shighi Mngoda, the nominee for Public Service and Administration and Engineer Jafferson Wangai, the nominee for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure.
The committee members said they had reservation on Ms Mngoda performance while deputizing as the chairperson in the County Public Service Board.
On Engineer Wangai, the report said the nominee could not highlight most of the challenges faced the Roads Department in the county.
Meanwhile, Samboja has nominated a teacher as the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in-charge of Water and irrigation.
Gasper Kabaka Mshighati will replace a Dar es Salaam based water expert Dr Victor Kongo, who withdrew his nomination at the eleventh hour citing personal reasons.
The governor revealed that the nominee’s name had already been forwarded to the County Assembly for vetting and subsequent appointment.