Joseph Jama Ole Lenku was on Friday sworn in as the second Governor of Kajiado County with a pledge to make the area a mirror of development in the entire country.
In his inaugural speech, the former Interior and National Coordination Cabinet Secretary said he would seek cooperation with education stakeholders to ensure Kajiado gets a fully-fledged public university.
Our desire to seek leadership of this County is the urge to help our children get adequate and quality education in order to have better knowledge and skills so that they can effectively compete for job opportunities with other children across the globe. Lenku said.
The new Governor promised to improve healthcare access as well as its quality by strengthening preventive care at the community level, employing more health workers, ensuring that ambulances are available at hospitals and equipping all health centres across the county.
Ole Lenku also pledged to improve water, sanitation and environment in a County that is largely semi-arid and over populated especially in urban areas like Kitengela, Isinya and Ongata Rongai.
My administration has prioritized provision of adequate and clean water in all schools by building water pans for livestock as well as drilling boreholes for health facilities and leveraging with the national government to connect more households and communities to water resources for domestic, industrial, livestock and irrigational use, Lenku said.
In an attempt to reduce human wildlife conflict that has resulted in many deaths of people and livestock, Lenku’s administration will engage with the Kenya Wildlife Service and other players in the sector to pursue improved benefits from wildlife conservation and tourism in a County that has rich wildlife heritage.
His deputy Martin Moshisho, 24, reiterated Lenku’s comments and added that he would ensure the youth are empowered economically by being allocated tenders and jobs at the county government.
Former Governor, David Nkedianye, thanked the people for giving him a chance to lead them adding that he respects their choice of Ole Lenku as their new governor and he will not be going to court to contest the results as he had earlier been stated.
The ceremony was attended by Cabinet Secretaries, Cleopha Mailu (Health), Joe Mucheru (Information), Phyllis Kandie (East Africa) and Public Prosecutor, Keriako Tobiko, among other leaders.
Source: Kenya News Agency