The first seven Kwale County Executive Committee members who made it through a tough vetting process by the Assembly were sworn into office on Monday, with a call to serve with humility and dedication.
MCAs rejected three out of the 10 names of nominees presented by Governor Salim Mvurya who sacked two of his previous executive committee members.
Mvurya who witnessed the ceremony officiated by the Kwale Chief Magistrate, Ms. Doreen Mulekyo told the CECs to put the interests of the residents before their own.
Your mandate is to devotedly serve the public and not to be bossy over them if the county is move to the next level of development, he said.
The Governor said the county had been marginalized for many years hence a lot is required of the CECs and all other county workers to meet the expectations of the people.
He told the county executive members to hit the ground running to sustain the development tempo which his government started during the first term.
Our achievements in the last four-and-half years shows it is possible to change the socio-economic status of our people and preserve their dignity despite the prolonged marginalisation, said Mvurya.
The sworn in CECs included among others, Francis Gwama (Health), Ramdhan Bungale (Social Services), Bakari Shebe (Finance), Mangale Munga (Education) and Joanne Nyamasio (Agriculture).
The youngest member of the executive is Saumu Muhaya, 29, who will head the Lands docket. Those rejected by the Assembly are Safina Kwekwe (Tourism), Ali Mwakulonda (Public Service) and Shehi Nanjala (Water),
Mvurya said his cooperation with the national government had borne fruits in terms of implementation of projects, among others, the ongoing expansion of Ukunda Airstrip and tarmacking of Samburu-Kinango road.
At the same time, Mvurya urged residents to ignore calls by the Nasa leader, Raila Odinga to boycott the October 26 repeat presidential election and instead come out in large numbers to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He told the residents to maintain peace and to report any security threats to the authorities for action, while assuring them that security personnel will be deployed to deal with any acts of lawlessness on the polling day.
The democratic right not to participate in the polls should be respected just as that of those interested in participating in the exercise, he noted.
He said election boycott has happened before in Kenya and no chaos were witnessed and wondered why things should be different now that it is Odinga who has bowed out of the race.
It is not the first time to have such a boycott but what is disturbing is the zeal by the opposition to disrupt the polls through chaos which must be resisted by all peace-loving people, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency