Female members of Murang’a County Assembly on Thursday expressed their displeasure with the male dominated list of chief officers which was tabled on the floor for approval.
The MCAs wondered why the County Executive failed to include women in the position of chief officers yet there were many qualified ones in the County.
Led by Lillian Kabaya and Sarah Njoroge, the MCAs said there was need for the Executive to consider nominating women for positions in future to conform to gender equality.
We are shocked by the scenario but in future, let females be considered in the appointments in areas they qualify, Kabaya said.
Despite a heated debate, the Assembly adopted the report approving the seven appointees to take over positions of chief officers for various departments.
Those approved included former Njiiri School Principal, Peter Muiruri Njangi (Agriculture and livestock), James Kairu (Supply Chain), Peter Gicheha (Finance), Dr. David Kariuki (Health), Joseph Rukenya (Water and irrigation), John Magondu (Public Works) and John Njai (Education and Technical Training).
Meanwhile, Kimorori MCA, Amos Murigi called on the County government to purchase equipment for road construction.
He regretted that Murang’a County government was in possession of three graders inherited from the defunct local authorities but they were grounded with no efforts to rehabilitate them.
We need to invest in procuring of equipment like other counties for some small road rehabilitation projects, said Murigi.
On technical centres, a nominated MCA, Beth Waithera called for efforts to have all the polytechnics equipped to give the youth quality courses that would enable them venture into the job market.
In all the 65 polytechnics, there is need to procure the right equipment that will facilitate our youth to acquire the right skills, said Waithera.
Source: Kenya News Agency