Mvurya takes credit for State jobs

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has proclaimed that his defection from ODM to Jubilee had borne fruits with the two appointments of Principal Secretaries from the County.

Addressing journalists, minutes before receiving Chief Justice David Maraga, at his office today, Mr. Mvurya said his defection was bearing fruits as demonstrated by the two appointments among others at the Coast.

Mr. Mvurya welcomed the appointment of former Kwale Trade Executive Ms. Safina Kwekwe and Prof. Hamadi Boga to the Principal Secretaries’ positions for Gender and Agriculture and Research, respectively.

Until his appointment, Prof. Boga, a microbiologist was the Taita University Vice-Chancellor.

While thanking the President for considering the region, the Governor said there were several other appointments like that of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Mr. Najib Balala, and PS Margaret Mwakima (Wildlife) and Mr. Mung’aro as Chief Administrative Secretary (Lands).

In my campaigns I talked to the people about the benefits of supporting the government. As a Jubilee Governor in this region we have no regrets for supporting the President who has recognized our county and Coast region, he said.

He called upon locals to rally behind the President and Deputy President Mr. William Ruto in implementing the Four Big agenda saying they are critical to Coastal development.

The four pillars which the President plans to implement in his second and final term include manufacturing, food security, affordable housing and universal healthcare.

Mr. Mvurya dismissed NASA’s plan to swear in opposition leader Mr. Raila Odinga as President saying it was unconstitutional.

Swearing in somebody as the President of the People’s Assembly is not provided for in our Constitution which is very clear on the procedures to be followed, he added.

Seen as one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s point men at the Coast, Mr. Mvurya ditched the opposition, whose ticket he used to win in 2013.

His solid development record and an amiable personality has endeared him to the residents.

Though branded a traitor by the opposition, his fame seemingly rose after his defection since he went ahead to retain his seat with an overwhelming majority votes in last year’s election.

In what is seen as a political reward for his support for the ruling party, Mr. Mvurya, who is the former chair of the Council of Governors (COG) was on December 15 elected as its new chairman with Kirinyaga Governor Ms. Anne Waiguru as his deputy.

The duo is expected to take over from the current chair and Turkana Governor Mr. Joseph Nanok in six months’ time.

Source: Kenya News Agency