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Akaranga Reshuffles his Cabinet

13 August 2014, 19:32

Vihiga - Governor Moses Akaranga has made some changes to his cabinet with effect from today.

County executive committee members (CECMs) and their chief officers have been reshuffled to different departments for effective service delivery.

While making the announcement, Akaranga said that there has been a public outcry over laxity of his officers and for effective service delivery; he opted to shift the officers and gauge them in the next few months if things will change.

“The officers signed performance contracting some months ago, and they have not been living up to the expectations of the people, and thus the need to change them to different departments. Over the past year, we have not achieved much as required by the people, although we have done well,” said Akaranga.

Veteran agriculturalist, Sande Mukuna, has been reshuffled from the department of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries, and Cooperatives and will now head the department of Gender, Youths, Sports and Culture.

Sande has taken over from educationist Nixon Amendi, who will now head the department of Environment, Forestry, Water and Natural Resources that was held by Halima Abdi who will now head the department of Agriculture.

Silas Kipkemboi, who was in the Transport and Infrastructure department, has swapped departments with Zilpah Kageha of Health.

Clara Indire has been moved from the department of Lands and Urban Planning, which will not be headed by the deputy governor Caleb Amaswache, to the department of Trade and Industrialisation.

Johnstone Khejeri the CECM for Public Service and Administration has retained his docket, and the governor’s political advisor, Fridah Chahale has been promoted to head the department of Education, Science and Technology.

Five chief officers were also reshuffled with Rose Ann Sudi (Public Service and Administration), Moses Andangalu (Agriculture), Andrew Ondego (Health), Ben Kutwa (Gender), and Lucy Ijai (Lands) retaining their positions.

Florence Khaguli has been moved from the department of Environment to Education, swapping positions with Rhodah Mbandu and Tom Kisia moved from Trade to the Transport department.

Tom Akolo has been reshuffled from the department of Treasury to Trade and his position taken over by Wilberforce Ndula, from Transport department.

The governor said that the impeaching of his three CECMs has hurt performance in the county and it was wrong for the other officers in the county not to dispense their duties wholehearted.  

Akaranga cautioned the officers that he will have no option but to sack some of them, if they will not change tact but remain inefficient in his government.

He noted that people were complaining that wherever he was away on official duty, the officers were not reporting to work, and that most of them came late and didn’t dispense their duties correctly.

He further noted that most officers have been on spending spree on workshops that were ineffective and some which didn’t exist, thus wasting the county resources.

“I expect to see some change in service delivery and if not, I should not be blamed. Officers who have been signing imprest to various workshops will be in for it, as the money must be accounted for appropriately failure to which they will be surcharged,” he said.

He said that he was now going to approve the workshops attended by his officers, singling out Thursdays as the days when he will be inspecting the books of accounts personally.

The governor blamed his directors at the county for the unpaid July salaries for the county workers, where he said that they had tampered with the systems and the books of accounts.

He said that most of the projects that could have been accomplished by now had not because his officers were not up to the task.

“While coming to the office, I saw Idavaga primary pupils carrying water to the school because they do not have piped water. What kind of quality service delivery is that?” the governor posed. 

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