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Laikipia executive committee balanced

24 May 2013, 17:43 James Kabotia

The Laikipia County executive nominees now comprise equal number of men and women - four men and four women.

This unfolds after two of the previously rejected nominees were replaced by two women who were vetted on Thursday afternoon by the County assembly.

Patrick Lekimin was rejected after it emerged that he was a resident of Samburu County and that he had also applied for a position in public service board in the County.

He admitted the allegation that he had indeed applied for the position during vetting by the committee on Appointment.

Sherry Jepkosgei who had been nominated to the Gender, Culture, Social development, Sports, Children and Youth affairs docket was also rejected.

The 37 year old holder of Bachelor of Education and Masters of Educational Management and Administration from Kampala International University failed to sail through because she was unable to express herself.

Jane Putunoi and Ann Jeptoo were vetted by the County assembly and are set to fill the Trade, Commerce, Tourism and Enterprise Development docket, and that of Gender, Culture, Social Development, Sports, Children and Youth affairs respectively.

Putunoi had vied for Laikipia County Deputy Governor seat on a UDF party ticket where he lost with his partner Nderitu Muriithi.

According to assembly Speaker Patrick Mariru, the two will be approved or rejected on Thursday next week by the County assembly.

Nanyuki Teaching and Referral hospital medical superintendent Dr. David Njoroge has been nominated in the Health and Sanitation docket, while Laikipia County Women Representative contestant in the last general elections loser Virginia Nderitu was appointed to the Roads, Transport, Land, Housing, Energy and Public Works ministry.

A career educationist, Joel Mwangi was nominated to head the powerful Finance and Planning portfolio, while 30 year old Duncan Mwariri who holds a Masters degree in Agriculture and Rural Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture will head the Agriculture, Livestock development, Environment and Natural resources docket.

Former Ruai boys’ Secondary school (Nairobi) Principal John Bosco Akaale was nominated in the Education, Science, Information, Communication and Technology ministry, while Agnes Keshine, a 28 year old holder of Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Nairobi is destined to foresee operations at the office of the Governor, County administration, Public service and Special programmes docket.

The Speaker said that members will debate on the two candidates on Thursday next week where their fate will be known.

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