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Kisumu County Assembly finally approves Cabinet 

Kisumu County Assembly has finally approved names of 10 county executive members nominated by Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o to serve in various departments.

The report was tabled by Majority Leader, Kenneth Onyango, who implored on the members to approve the names in order to give the governor ample time to serve the residents.

Some members however, expressed reservations on failure by the governor to consider the youth in his cabinet.

Onyango said the delayed conclusion of the exercise has seriously undermined service delivery due to lack of substantive CEC’s to oversee the running of the departments

However, Kondele ward Representative, Joachim Oketch, raised concern over lack of youth representation in the cabinet.

“I’m disappointed that despite the governor recognizing that the youth represent 75% of the population in his manifesto, he has ignored them in the appointments

Approval of the names was delayed after the House failed to raise quorum last Wednesday.

Nyong’o is expected to formally appoint the CEC’s and witness their swearing in office next week.

Those expected to take oath of office include, Richard Ogendo (Economic Planning and Development), Salmon Orimba (Environment, Water, Irrigation and Natural resources) and Gilchrist Okuom (Food Security and Livestock).

Others are John Obiero Ogone( education, Information, communications, Technology and Human resource, Thomas Ondijo Owiti (Public Works, Roads and Transport), Nerry  Achar (Physical Planning Lands, Housing and Urban Development), Dr. Rosemary Obara (Health and Sanitation), Achie Ojany Alai (Tourism, Culture and Sports) and Robert  Ouko Onyango (Finance).

But the people with disability (PWD) and the marginalized have also raised concern over their exclusion on nomination.

The coordinator of the Kisumu Action Network for PWD Nick MacAdwati has said they are seeking legal redress over nomination of MCA’s by the ODM party.

By  George  Kaiga

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