Ngilu sworn in as Kitui Governor as predecessor Malombe skips fete

Kitui Governor-elect Charity Ngilu was on Monday sworn in as the second governor of Kitui County and the first-ever female governor in Lower Eastern Kenya.

Ms. Ngilu was, alongside her deputy Dr. Wathe Nzau, handed the mantle to lead the County in a colorful ceremony witnessed by thousands of Kitui residents alongside their leaders including NASA co-principal and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Outgoing Governor Julius Malombe was however conspicuously missing from the handover ceremony presided over by Justice Pauline Nyamweya assisted by Kitui Chief Magistrate Maryline Murage.

Ngilu vowed to diligently serve the people of Kitui with a keen determination to fight poverty in the arid county.

She also committed to rally her administration towards implementation of numerous agricultural projects to curb perennial food shortage and make Kitui a food secure county.

Kalonzo Musyoka congratulated Ngilu for her election to succeed pioneer county boss Dr. Malombe and urged all Kitui elected leaders to work harmoniously with the former Cabinet Secretary for the benefit of the residents.

You have taken over a county whose residents face a myriad of socio-economic challenges but I have faith you will do everything within your capacity to stamp out age-old poverty that our people face, said the former vice president.

He also asked Kenyans to pray for the Opposition coalition as it petitions the presidential election outcome in the Supreme Court.

Outgoing Senator David Musila, who unsuccessfully vied for the Governor seat, promised to support the newly elected Governor in her service to the locals.

He said he was confident that Ms. Ngilu would deliver on her promises to the electorate in a bid to uplift their lives both socially and economically.

Her manifesto rhymed with mine because we both prioritized water provision, food security, improved healthcare, wealth creation as well as youth and women empowerment, he pointed out.

Also present was former Women Rep Nyiva Mwendwa and former Deputy Governor Penina Malonza.

Others were MPs elect Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Mboni Mwalika (Kitui Rural), Charles Nguna (Mwingi West), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South) and Paul Nzengu (Mwingi North).

Kitui woman representative elect Irene Kasalu and Senator-elect Enoch Kiio Wambua also graced the event held at Muslim Secondary School playground in Kitui Town.

They unanimously vowed to support the incoming county boss in her endeavors to take Kitui into socio-economic prosperity.

Source: Kenya News Agency