Up­hold in­tegrity, Sonko tells team

Gov­er­nor warns new ex­ec­u­tives against cor­rup­tion as they take over of­fice

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY LIL­LIAN MUTAVI Lmu­tavi@ke.na­tion­media.com

Nairobi Gov­er­nor Mike Sonko told mem­bers of his cab­i­net to up­hold in­tegrity and de­liver ser­vices to city res­i­dents with dili­gence and com­mit­ment.

Mr Sonko spoke at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of his team yes­ter­day at Char­ter Hall, a day af­ter they were unan­i­mously ap­proved by the county Assem­bly.

The 10 county ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers also signed the Gen­eral Lead­er­ship and In­tegrity Code, with Mr Sonko cau­tion­ing that he will not con­done cor­rup­tion in his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The gov­er­nor said the new team was com­pe­tent and he was con­fi­dent it would push his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­vel­op­ment agenda for­ward and help to im­ple­ment poli­cies that will im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery and up­lift the living stan­dards of res­i­dents.

The gov­er­nor urged the ex­ec­u­tives to use their time and en­ergy to re­claim Nairobi’s lost glory, say­ing they had in­her­ited a city in a ter­ri­ble state where cor­rup­tion car­tels con­trolled key depart­ments such as those of rev­enue, rates and le­gal.

“As we con­grat­u­late you on your ap­point­ments to var­i­ous port­fo­lios, we must, how­ever, face the re­al­ity that the road ahead is chal­leng­ing but also full of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he told the team at a cer­e­mony at­tended by close fam­ily mem­bers and Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Among those sworn in was Mr Hi­tan Ma­jevda who will hold the Health ser­vices docket.

Speak­ing to the Na­tion yes­ter­day, Mr Ma­jevda said he was grate­ful to be the first Asian to hold such a se­nior po­si­tion in the coun­try. “I come from a marginalised com­mu­nity that never gets ap­point­ments. Af­ter politi­cians ask for our votes, they for­get us,” he said.

He promised to re­vive the health sec­tor which he said has been in a di­lap­i­dated state, putting pres­sure on Keny­atta Na­tional Hos­pi­tal.

Ms Emmah Muthoni, who at 34 years is the youngest mem­ber of the team, will be in charge of the En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter docket.

Ms Muthoni, who holds a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Jomo Keny­atta Uni­ver­sity of Agri­cul­ture and Tech­nol­ogy, promised to end peren­nial wa­ter short­age, stop en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and clean up the city.

“It is equally im­por­tant that Nairobi River is clean so that it is not a health haz­ard as it cur­rently is,” she said.

Jour­nal­ist Charles Kerich (ICT), Vesca Kan­gongo (Fi­nance), Janet Ouko (Ed­u­ca­tion), Peter Nju­guna (Lands) and Al­lan Es­abwa (Com­merce) were also sworn in.

Oth­ers were Dan­vas Makori (Agri­cul­ture), Larry Wam­bua (De­vo­lu­tion) and Mo­hamed Da­gane (In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port).

JEFF ANGOTE| NA­TION

Ms Emmah Muthoni is sworn in as Nairobi County’s En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber at Char­ter Hall, yes­ter­day.

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