Newly appointed Laikipia executives sworn into office

 The newly appointed Laikipia County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) were sworn into office Thursday in Nanyuki town at a function graced by Governor Joshua Irungu.

The six County Executives included Leah Njeri (Water, Environment, and Natural Resources), Albert Wagura (Health services), Samuel Gachigi Wachira (Finance and Economic Planning), Martin Nabos Ekwam (Infrastructure, Lands, and Urban Planning), Stephen Biwott Kisorio (Trade, Tourism, and Cooperatives) and Edwin Kasoo (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) took their oath of office at a colorful ceremony also attended by Members of the County Assembly.

However, Sylvia Museiya who had been nominated to head the Gender, Youth sports, and social welfare, however, did not take the oath of office with the rest as she has already been nominated as Principal Secretary-designate in the state department of mining by President William Ruto.

Irungu thanked the county assembly for approving all the nominees terming the move as a major achievement for his administration.

“The approval of all the seven nominees goes a long way in demonstrating the confidence the assembly has in them and that they are up to the task of delivering the mandate bestowed upon them to serve the public with utmost dedication,” Irungu said.

He assured that he would nominate a replacement for the nominee who has been nominated to serve as a PS, adding that apart from just qualification, regional and ethnic balance would be considered while picking a replacement.

“Since Museiya was from Laikipia East Sub County, I shall have to look for her replacement from the same region and also consider the gender as well,” Irungu said.

The Governor told the newly appointed CECMs that they were expected to work hard in their respective dockets warning that those who fails to perform would be dismissed.

“The electorate told me that I lost this seat as the first governor of Laikipia because I was surrounded by people who misled me leading to under performance in my first term. This time around I want to assure the voters that I will not let the same happen for a second time because of those working under me. I will not hesitate to dismiss anyone who is a non-performer,” Irungu warned.

The MCAs present led by speaker Lantano Nabaala vowed to oversight the work of the executive, adding that they would not hesitate to summon or impeach anyone who fails in their work.