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Governor Gladys Wanga inherits county that has grounded most of its vehicles

Homabay Governor Gladys Wanga takes the oath of office on August 25, 2022. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga has inherited a heap of grounded vehicles, hindering her efforts to get operations up and running immediately.

While some of the vehicles have not been serviced for months, four vehicles have been detained at Homa Bay Police Station after their drivers committed traffic offences.

Water and Environment Department Chief Officer Moses Buriri said their vehicles are grounded due to lack of funds to pay for repairs, while one is being held at a garage in Kisumu.

"We have 14 vehicles but only one designated for the chief officer is working. Even ministers and directors don’t have operational vehicles,” Mr Buriri said.

Ministers and directors don’t have operational vehicles. [James Omoro, Standard]

He added, “The vehicles are available but the problem is that they are damaged. The problem causes inability of our officers to discharge their duties because they cannot move."

Among the 10 county executive committee members, only three have been using their official vehicles. They are Nicholas Koriko (Finance), Aguko Juma (Trade) and Education’s Akoko Nyaoke.

Agriculture Chief Office Samuel Owigo said only one out of eight tractors bought by the county government for farmers to help them till their land is operational.

“We have hope that the vehicles will be repaired," said acting Transport Officer Isaiah Alaka.