New Nyeri cabinet asked to meet “heightened public expectations”

It is all systems go as Nyeri Governor, Dr. Wahome Gakuru, Monday presided over the swearing in of his nine-member cabinet with a call to them to meet the heightened public expectations.

However, Youth, Sports and Social Services docket was not filled following opposition of its nominee, 65 year old Sheila Githaiga by a section of the county assembly due to her age.

Her nomination sparked controversy in the assembly during the vetting exercise with some youthful MCAs arguing the position should have gone to a young candidate.

In an apparent reference to the matter, the governor maintained the nomination process was guided by the level of one’s education, expertise and experience and not necessarily age.

There is no qualification called youth but technical and leadership qualities, noted the governor, adding they were not out to create jobs but opportunities to serve.

Speaking at the colorful ceremony conducted by Chief Magistrate, Wendy Kagendo, Gakuru, said it will not be business as usual as the new chiefs will be required to sign performance contracts to ensure high levels of transparency and accountability.

The governor said he will focus on socio-economic activities to improve the economy of the region.

The county chief retained two officials who served in the former regime saying his administration was not out to fire people but serve.

Among the appointees was former government spokesperson, Muthui Kariuki, who will be in charge of Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works.

Gakuru said he will give equal opportunities to both genders in all his appointments.

I don’t ascribe to the 30 per cent constitutional gender rule in appointments, but 50/50, said the governor.

He appealed to the area Members of Parliament and the assembly to join him in his endeavor to transform the economy of the area.

Source: Kenya News Agency