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Kajiado cabinet to be vetted on Monday

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY KURGAT MARINDANY

Nominees for the executive positions in Kajiado county have returned their vetting forms to the local county assembly setting stage for the process to begin on Monday, next week.

Kajiado county assembly speaker, Johnson Osoi, who chairs the vetting committee, told the Star yesterday morning that the exercise kicks off on Monday and will end the following day.

Osoi said after vetting, he will convene a special session of the assembly on Wednesday for the members to pass the nominees or reject them.

Those to be vetted were picked last week by Governor David Nkedianye.

They include youthful technocrats who are working in the NGO world and the government.

The assembly is dominated by TNA members and it is envisaged that it is going to be a litmus test for Nkedianye’s administration. The governor is an ODM member.

The speaker said all the nominees of the board and the executive will be appear before the panel of the vetting committee after which names will be tabled in the assembly by the leader of the majority in the house on Wednesday.

The list of Nkedianye’s nominees for the cabinet positions include; Ali Kisipan (Education), Glady’s Marima (Information) and Paul Nteyia (Agriculture).

Others are; Saitoti Kipaseyia (Health) Parsakei Jonah Orumoi (Water), Dickson Ntikoisa (Public Works), Lucy Mukami Mathai (Public Service), Keswe Mapena (Finance) and Nicholas Matiko (Lands).

The nominee for Trade, Industrialization, Co-operative Development and Energy is yet to be unveiled. Nkedianye had said he is still hunting for a right female candidate for the position.

Those nominated for the county service board are; Joel Leshao (Chairman) and members Gladys Tarayia, James Taiko Nkoke, Michael Nyamute, Purity Sein, Christine Njambi Kimani. One member is yet to be nominated for the position of secretary.

In his balancing act, Nkedianye picked three cabinet members from Kajiado Central, two from Kajiado South, two from Kajiado West and one each from Kajiado North and East. One of his closest allies, Matiko, is serving at the National Assembly and was his political strategist during the last election campaigns.

In Kjiado East, TNA was fronting James Sapuro for the Health docket. He was said to have had wide experience on health services having served as a District Health Officer and climbed through the ranks to become a program officer at Afya House and JKIA Health Officer.

Sapuro is currently a lead expert registered with Nema.

Kajiado North Constituency which is dominated by the Kikuyu community who most of them were in the Jubilee coalition managed to get one slot for the cabinet (Mathai) and two members of the board (Nyamute and Kimani).

A cross-section of leaders in Kajiado yesterday hailed Nkedianye for coming up with a compromised list of technocrats to serve in both the cabinet and in the board.

Jacinta Mayiani, who vigorously campaigned for the Cord coalition in the region said; “We are happy with the list of his nominees because it reflects a fair representation of all the nine sub-clans of the Maasai community in Kajiado”.

Mayiani who hails from Kajiado South Constituency said the people are happy that the governor gave them two slots in the cabinet that went to Nteyia and Orumoi and one for the chairman of the board, Leshao.

Nkedianye’s deputy, Paul Ntiati also hails from Kajiado South.

Kajiado East Constituency that overwhelmingly voted for the governor on ODM ticket were only given Lands docket in the cabinet that was taken by Matiko who holds a Master Science degree in Tourism and Conservation.

Kajiado Central which also voted for ODM and managed to secure one parliamentary seat in the entire region for Joseph Nkaissery had the biggest slice of three positions in the cabinet (Education, Information and Finance) and one slot in the Public Service Board for Tarayia.