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Governor Sakaja's CECs sworn in after unanimous approval by assembly

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja. [Samason Wire, Standard]

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja can now rest easy after the county assembly approved all his County Executive Committee (CEC) members.

The MCAs said all the nominees meet the requirements to serve in their respective dockets after the Committee on Appointments vetted them on Wednesday.

And soon after getting the nod of the assembly, the governor witnessed the CECs swearing-in.

The new CECs are Charles Kerich in charge of Finance, Stephen Gathuita Mwangi (Built Environment and Urban Planning), Michael Gumo (Innovation and Digital Economy), Brain Mulama (Talent, Skills Development and Care) and Ibrahim Auma Naygoya (Boroughs Administration and Personnel).

Others are Anastasia Nyalita Mutethya (Health, Wellness and Nutrition), Patrick Mbogo (Mobility and Works), Maurine Kinyanjui (Green Nairobi Environment, Water, Food and Agriculture), Rose Karikuki (Business and Hustler Opportunities) and Suzanne Silantoi (Inclusivity, Public Participation and Customer Care).

Governor Sakaja urged the county executives to embark on serving city residents immediately and impartially. "It is time to serve the city residents without being partial in any way since we must deliver our pledges," he said.

He also reminded them to honour the summons by assembly whenever there is an issued that requires to be deliberated on.

Earlier attempts by the vetting committee to amend the names of the dockets from those that were presented by Governor Sakaja were objected.

The vetting committee had proposed that the names of the dockets be amended to Education, Youths, Social Services and Gender, Transport and Public Works, Devolution and Public Service Management.

Additional proposals were Urban planning and Lands, Trade and Opportunities, Environment, Food and Agriculture, Health Services and Public Communication Relations.

Majority Leader Peter Imwatok told the new CEC’s that they have no choice but to deliver.

Mr Imwatok said the former CECs were notorious for ignoring summonses by assembly committees.

“I do not have time to praise the CEC's but to remind them that we must deliver for city residents because they are our employers. It is also wise to remind them that it is a must to appear before the assembly committees because our role is to oversight and legislate,” he said.