Kilifi County Governor Gideon Mung’aro has named his cabinet nominees awarding women four out of the ten cabinet slots available.
The Governor made the announcement on a tense Monday evening in an event that was waited with bated breath from various stakeholders and his lieutenants, Mung’aro kept journalists waiting for more than five hours before emerging from his office at 6:00 pm to announce his team of County Executive Committee Members (CECM) that mirrored regional balancing and where none of those who served under former Governor Amason Kingi’s regime made it to the list.
“It is a very delicate moment because we have to do the balancing and there are more announcements that will come later that will cover areas where people have not been accommodated,” he said.
At least four of Kingi who is now Senate speaker CECMs had been retained by Mung’aro to oversee the transition and they include Chares Dadu of health, Maureen Mwangovya of lands, Dr. Anisa Omar of Gender and Rachel Musyoki of the education docket while all chief officers were dismissed and their functions assigned to the County Secretary Arnold Mkare whose contract was extended for six months.
The Amason Kingi remnants will seize being county officials once Mung’aro’s nominees assume office after being vetted and approved by the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) on Tuesday afternoon.
Among dockets that have been handed to women is that of Gender and social services that went to Dr. Ruth Dama Masha, Public Works and roads that went to Catherine Kenga, Lands and Physical Planning that went to Jane Mike Kamto and Education and Information Communication Technology that went to Clara Ningme Chonga.
The lucrative Finance and Economic Planning docket will be headed by Yaye Ahmed, Public Service, Devolution and Disaster Management will be under Frankline Dena, Health and Sanitation will be headed by Peter Mwarogo, Agriculture and Livestock will go to Dr. Peterson Chula, Tourism and Trade will be headed by John Raymond Ngala while Water and Environment will go to Omar Said Omar.
“The CECMs will be working for the next two years and after that we will review their performance and either they will be reappointed or they will be replaced, so it depends how hard they will work to deliver for the people of Kilifi,” he said. He also named Economic advisor Jushua Mazera and County Attorney Henry Luganje.