Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro has revoked the appointment of the board members of Malindi municipality after failing to discharge their official duties.

He nominated three individuals awaiting vetting by the County Assembly as Suleiman Saum Omar steps in as the acting Chairperson while Johnson Mwabati as the acting manager of Malindi Municipality.

This happens amid poor trade and devastated tourism caused by filth and poor sanitation in the town.

The new nominees for the Municipality Board are Suleiman Saum, clara Mkambe and Agnes Mturi .

Mung’aro said he will nominate four other members to the board who will be taken through a competitive recruitment process with openness and transparency as required by his administration.

In what he termed as gross misconduct, the six board members including Geofrey Charo, Benjamin Kambi, Johnson Kaviha, Rose Dama, Shee Abdala and Betty Munga will now head home to pave way for better service deliverers in the municipality.

“The Malindi Municipality board has not been able to fulfil its mandate of service delivery to the people”, Mung’aro said.

The County boss acknowledged that the renowned vibrant Malindi town has lost its business fortunes owing to the unbearable dirt and filth in the area.

Among the immediate measures he said the county has committed to embark on is to relocate the slaughterhouse at the center of the popular town in order to restore hygiene.

“One thing I want the CECM and the new team to tell us is where and when they are going to relocate the dumping site from where it is right now”, he said.

“I was in Malindi myself, it was pathetic, that’s why I instructed the CECM to go stay there until Malindi is completely cleaned up”, Mung’aro said.

He regretted that the already dismissed members neglected their duty while engaging in useless activities.

He added that despite Malindi town having more than 150 people responsible in garbage collection, the board still neglected their duties leaving the town messed up with filth and poor sanitation.

The dismissed board members have been directed to surrender the possessed government properties to the county’s Chief Officer for Housing and Urban Development.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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