By GPS and DC/PR
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic was top agenda for His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia as he witnessed the swearing in of newly-appointed Chief Officers.
During the event, held this morning at the County Government headquarters in Ol’Kalou, Governor Kimemia noted that the officials have come into office during one of the most challenging periods in recorded history.
“The COVID-19 pandemic we face, and the dangers lurking every passing day are unprecedented. It threatens to erode every single gain achieved not just in our County, but the whole country and the world. Therefore, every decision we make counts,” he said somberly.
Amidst the pandemic, residents continue seeking services and following up on project implementation countywide.
“Our primary responsibility during this period is to ensure total prevention of the disease and protect our people, even as we protect ourselves,” the Governor added.
Accompanied by County Commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich and members of the County Executive Committee, Governor Kimemia urged the officials to continually devise innovative ways to keep the Government running and services delivered while ensuring that everyone involved is kept safe.
Noting that their entry nears the mid-term of his tenure since election as the second head of this devolved unit, the Governor reminded the accounting officers to urgently implement policy directives to fulfill Wanjiku’s dreams as captured in the second County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP II) and his election Manifesto.
“I have no doubt you will make it happen,” he said, while hailing their predecessors for achieving award-winning milestones many thought were impossible prior to his election.
The Governor further urged the officials to fully acquaint themselves with their respective departments while breaking barriers between them and members of the County Executive Committee, their subordinates, Wanjiku and other stakeholders.
“Suggest possible improvements and above all, facilitate real public participation and full project implementation to ensure value for money while maintaining harmonious relations with the National Government,” he advised.
He warned: “I need not remind you to observe the highest levels of integrity and accountability in managing public resources. As Accounting Officers, you are professionally and personally accountable for fiscal discipline in your departments.”
Those sworn in today are Isaac Waithaka Wanjiru (Youth, Sports and the Arts), Mary Wangui Ndorongo (Public Administration and Information Communication Technology), Sarah Waithira Ndegwa (Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services), Lawrence Mwangi Gitau (Public Works), Dr. Joseph Maina Machangi (Agriculture), Dr. Rose Kajaira Oyolo (Livestock and Fisheries) and Martin Kabubii Mwangi (Water, Climate Change and Environment).
The list further includes Mary Waithera Gathegu (Tourism and Natural Resources), Samson Kabugi Njau Mweru (Industrialization and Trade), Samuel Kiriri Muchunu (Co-operatives), Florence Wanzila Annan (Lands, Housing and Physical Planning), Nelson Kimilu Mutua (Health Services) Juvenalis Gitau Thiong’o (Finance) and Muigai Wainaina (Economic Planning and Development).
In attendance were several members of the County Assembly, among other senior National and County Government officials.