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Ojaamong to name his cabinet

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN OLITA

BUSIA governor Sospeter Ojaamong will unveil his 10-member cabinet on Tuesday. The governor said the executive committee will comprise individuals with proven record and are expected to take the county to higher levels.

Four women will be incorporated in the cabinet in conformity with the new constitution. He said his office has received over 200 applications and the selection panel will pick the best professionals.

While Machakos governor Alfred Mutua is contented with the salaries county cabinet will receive, Ojaamong said he will push for a review.

“County reps are not councillors. They have many responsibilities which need them to receive at least Sh200,000 and not Sh70,000. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission should be humane enough and offer better remuneration package to county assembly members and cabinet committee,” he said.

He said for the assembly jobs to attract people with proven records and professionalism, they should be well remunerated. Ojaamong said a list of 20 nominated county representatives had been delayed by a dispute generated by the Gender Commission that has challenged the list submitted by parties on the grounds that it had failed to meet the threshold. Ojaamong said they will review the list to meet the threshold before releasing it in a week.