Isiolo CEC member changed only three days after being sworn in

An Isiolo County Executive Committee (CEC) member could be replaced barely a week after being sworn into office if the County Assembly approves the proposed candidate to replace him.

Abdinassir Ali who was sworn in last Monday as the CEC for Tourism, Trade, Cooperative and Enterprise Development may be replaced by Former Isiolo County Women Representative Ms Tiyah Galgalo Ali if the County Assembly approves her in a week’s time.

On Monday, all the six CEC members including Mr Ali who had been vetted and approved unanimously by the County Assembly took the oath of office in a colorful ceremony presided over by the Isiolo County Governor Dr. Mohammed Kuti.

The oath of office was administered by Isiolo County Secretary Ibrahim Wako.

However, in a quick swift of events, Dr. Kuti wrote to the County Assembly requesting for the consideration and approval of Ms Galgalo for the position.

In a letter by the Governor read in the county assembly on Thursday afternoon by Deputy Speaker David Lemantile, the county boss requested for consideration and approval of Ms Galgalo for appointment into the position.

I hereby forward the nominee for consideration and approval for the appointment of CEC member for Tourism, Trade, Cooperative and Enterprise Development, read the letter.

However, the Deputy Speaker ruled that the appointments committee with guidance of the office of the clerk should prepare a public notice for hearing dates which will be after seven days from the notification date.

Earlier, in a report by the County Assembly Committee on appointments on the vetting of CEC members, it had recommended Ali as the nominee for the post saying he exhibited impressive knowledge of topical issues touching on the docket and had requisite abilities, qualifications and experience.

Ms. Galgalo contested to defend her position as the Isiolo Women Representative in the National Assembly but lost to Ms Rehema Jaldesa in the August 8 poll.

She was the first girl from Isiolo County to study up to form six before proceeding to earn a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University and a Masters degree in Education, Administration and Planning.

Ms. Galgalo started her career as a teacher at Isiolo Girls High School and rose to the position of the Senior Principal of the school.

She later served in senior positions including a commissioner in the Interim Electoral and Boundaries Commission between May 2009 and November 2011 before joining the National Assembly as the Isiolo Women Rep in March 2013.

She is an old girl of Garbatula High School and Njonjo High school where she studied her O’ and A’ levels respectively

Ms. Galgalo is also the founder of the Foundation for Kenyan Women Pastoralist which lobbies universities to admit girls from disadvantaged communities for prestigious courses.

Efforts to get response from Ali proved futile as he was not in office.

Source: Kenya News Agency