NAIROBI, The governors of two counties — Machakos, which borders Nairobi County, and Manderathe northeastern corner of the country –have become the first chief executives of Kenya’s 47 counties to be sworn in.
Machakos governor-elect Alfred Mutua Mutua was sworn at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to start his second term as governor while his Mandera counterpart, Ali Roba, took his oath of office in Mandera town on Thursday morning.
The remaining 45 elected governors, who will complete their inauguration exercise by Tuesday next week, are expected to have confirmed the dates and venues of their swearing-in ceremonies and submitted the details to the central government for gazettement.
Governors Jackson Mandago, Martin Wambora, Mwangi Wa Iria, Joseph Ole Lenku, Paul Chepkowny and Onesmus Njuki will be sworn in Friday. Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko and Taita Taveta counterpart Granton Samboja will be sworn in on Monday next week followed by Hassan Joho and Charity Ngilu on Tuesday.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Mwangi Kiunjuri says all counties have confirmed the dates and places for the swearing-in of their respective governor by Aug 14 and submitted the draft Gazette notice.
Kiunjuri assured the governors that the ministry would be working closely with the winners and county government officials to ensure a smooth transition.
Meanwhile, just days after Kitui governor-elect Charity Ngilu and Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko turned down budgetary allocations for their inaugural ceremonies, many more governors have followed suit and others have sharply reduced the amount to be spent for the purpose, calling for the surplus funds to be diverted to other purposes.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK