MCA vetted for county executive position

CEC for Gender nominee Lynnette Wanjiru Njeru arrives vetting by the Kirinyaga County Assembly Committee on appointments yesterday .She has been a nominated MCA in the same assembly. [PHOTO: Munene Kamau/standard]8

A nominated MCA has been vetted for the position of County Executive Committee member.

The Appointment Committee, chaired by Speaker Wachira Githanda, yesterday vetted Linnette Wanjiru Njeru for the Gender, Culture and Social Services docket.

Approval or rejection

Her name will now be forwarded to the assembly for approval or rejection within the next seven days before she is formally appointed.

Poor performance

If confirmed, she will replace Judy Kinyua, who was sacked by Governor Anne Waiguru over alleged poor performance.

Ms Kinyua was fired in July alongside Transport and Infrastructure CEC Peter Karugumi, days after MCAs threatened to impeach them over alleged incompetence.

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Led by Majority Leader Kamau Murango, the MCAs said the Gender, Transport and Infrastructure and Finance CECs had grossly under-performed.

Civil suit

Mr Karugumi has since gone the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nyeri to challenge his sacking, which he has termed illegal.

His position is still vacant pending hearing and determination of the civil suit against the county government.

Synergise docket

During yesterday’s vetting, Ms Njeru promised to synergise the docket and also impress upon her colleagues on the need to answer to summons by the county assembly.

“Having been an MCA whose role is to oversight, legislate and represent, I have gained a lot of experience and know why CECs get summoned by the assembly," she told the committee.

The nominee had been asked by Mr Githanda to explain what she would do, if appointed, to ensure her colleagues do not defy the assembly's summons.

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