Natembeya Defends Cabinet Choice

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya in his office.

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has challenged members of the area county assembly that will be charged with the mandate of vetting individuals that he nominated to form his cabinet, to be objective.

Natembeya who spoke during Mashujaa Day Celebrations in Kwanza Sub County said the capability of each nominee should be given priority during the vetting exercise instead of their place of origin or ethnicity.

“I know some of you here are supporters of the English premier league. Teams like Arsenal and Manchester United in that league look for best players from across the world without minding their origin since they require results from them,” he spoke at Kwanza Girls High School.

The county boss said he has confidence in the nominees since he believes they have all it takes to assist him deliver on his pre-election pledges to the electorate in the region which sought to steer economic transformation.

“I want you to know that I have no personal interest. The nominees are people who are the right team players who are ready to deliver on what we promised our people with regard to economic development,” said Natembeya.

His sentiments come at a time when some members of the county assembly have already poked holes in the nominees list on grounds that some of the individuals who were picked don’t hail from Trans Nzoia County.

The Appointments committee will commence vetting of the nominees on Thursday upon which a report will be tabled in the house on the Tuesday of the following week to give an opportunity to the full house to have their final say.

The committee which is chaired by speaker Andrew Wanyonyi and deputized by deputy speaker Obed Mwale also comprises the Leaders of majority (Edwin Koech) and minority (Eric Wafula) and other five members of county assembly.

The Governor also called on the members of the county assembly to set aside their political affiliations so as to give room for development by ensuring we are on the same page of development.

Busia County Commissioner Samson Otieno Ojwang’ is among the nominees for Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya’s County Executive Committee (CEC) as he embarks on implementing his pre-election pledges.

Mr Ojwang’ was proposed to head the Public Service Management docket in an 11-member team that includes CEC members and the county secretary.

Boniface Wanyonyi Cosmas, a former Finance executive in Mr Khaemba’s administration, was proposed to head the same docket.

Other nominees include Truphosa Irene Awuor Otwala (county secretary), Chanelle J. Kittony (Gender, Youth, Sports and Culture), and Stanley Kirui (Trade, Industrialisation, Tourism and Cooperative Development).

Others are Phanice Naliaka Khatundi (Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries), Julie Kichwen Ruto (Education and Technical Training), Dr Pepela Wanjala (Health Services and Sanitation), Jackson Wanyungu Amboka (Public Works, Transport and Energy), Janerose Nasimiyu Mutama (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development) and Patrick Gachuru (Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change).