Two retained in Nairobi county Cabinet as Sakaja unveils team, renames dockets
Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja yesterday unveiled his cabinet retaining two from the previous administration and renaming some of the dockets.
While unveiling the list, Sakaja said his team will be tasked with bringing order in the city.
“I know there have been a lot of questions regarding why we took some time to nominate these individuals. We took time because we wanted to have a team that will make a city of order and dignity. The team has been carefully selected and are competent,” Sakaja said.
The 10 CECs include one in charge of Finance and Economic Planning, Health, ICT and E-government, Devolution, Environment and Water, Agriculture, Trade, Roads and Transport, Education and Lands and Housing departments.
Sakaja at the same time made changes to the dockets.
They include Charles Kerich (Finance and Economic Planning), Brian Mulama (Talents, Skills, Development and Care) and Patrick Mbogo (Mobility and Works).
Former Chief Officer for Lands Stephen Mwangi is the CEC nominee for Buildings and Urban Planning), Ibrahim Auma (Administration and personnel), Rosemary Kariuki (Hustlers and Business Opportunities), Maureen Njeri (Green Nairobi), Anastacia Mutethia (Health, wellness and nutrition) and Susan Silantoi who will be in charge of Inclusivity, Public Participation and Customer Service.
Sakaja also named David Njoroge as his Chief of Staff, Lawrence Wambua as his Economic Affairs Advisor, Elias Mutuma (Legal), Dr. Samora Otieno (Health), William Ndung’u ‘Fazul’(Political) and Prof Washington Yotto Ochieng as his Mobility.
The CEC nominees will be vetted by the select committee on appointments. Sakaja said he will be nominating chief officers in the next few weeks urging city residents to apply for the positions.
County chief officers are the authorised persons in the exercise of delegated power and are answerable to the county executive committee member in their respective dockets.
Their key functions include the day-to-day administration of departmental activities and provision of strategic policy direction for effective service delivery within the departments they are assigned to.
They also implement policies and programmes within departments. While county executive committee members are equivalent to cabinet secretaries in the national government, chief officers are equivalent to permanent secretaries.