KISII county assembly members yesterday approved a list of 10 executive committee members which was forwarded by governor James Ongwae even as some members opposed it.
Assembly members Nyamache Ogembo and Mosota Nyamweya of Birongo and Bobasi Boitang’are wards said the list is not inclusive and has failed to carter for marginalised communities in the county.
“I stand to oppose the list because some of the nominees in the list like John Fredrick Omwoyo are old so I think they cannot fully be able to discharge their duties effectively because of their age,” Nyamweya said.
Ogembo said some nominees to the committee lack professional qualifications for the jobs they have been nominated to.
Koina Onyacha (Bombaba ward) claimed there was no fair and competitive recruitment since interviews were never conducted.
House speaker Kerosi Ondieki told Ogembo and Nyamweya not to discriminate on age basis.
“Article 57 of the constitution gives every individual equal right regardless of age. The older should fully participate in the affairs of society,” Kerosi told the house.
Meanwhile, members of minority groups in Kisumu have asked governor Jack Ranguma to include them during appointments.
They said Ranguma should mix between locals with outsiders since Kisumu is a cosmopolitan county.
Speaking in Kisumu town yesterday, they said although the county is dominated by members of the Luo community, other groups should be incorporated in his government.
Luhya Community chairman Arunga Sino and deputy George Muyiera said the appointments should reflect the face of the city.
“The governor should consider other stakeholders for cabinet and other jobs as required by the constitution,” said Arunga who was accompanied by coordinator Ben Ombima.
He said the governor should consult across the board before making the appointments.
“Kisumu and particularly Kisumu Central constituency has a good number of diverse groups who voted here and should be considered in case there is an opportunity as this will ensure unity in the cosmopolitan town,” Ombima said.
Separately, Ranguma has asked the Transitional Authority to consider re-categorising some assets under the county government.
He said assets such as Chemelil, Miwani and Muhoroni Sugar factories should be categorised as county assets.