Laboso bashes pioneer county bosses for dismal performance

ICPAK CEO Edwin Makori hands over a gift to Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso during a conference in Mombasa on Wednesday April 11, 2018. /JOHN CHESOLI
ICPAK CEO Edwin Makori hands over a gift to Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso during a conference in Mombasa on Wednesday April 11, 2018. /JOHN CHESOLI

Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso has bashed the first crop of governors saying they could have done better had they not allowed "power to get into their heads".

She said at an event in Mombasa on Wednesday that this was the reason most of the pioneer county bosses failed to retain their seats.

"The current crop of governors, who were elected in August 2017, have learned from the mistake committed by their predecessors and have since sobered up."

She said the new crop of governors are alive to the fact that they are expected to perform and are aware of their mandates as county bosses.

"We know what is before us,

the expectations of the public, and the idea that you are in a contract job."

Laboso reminded her colleagues to be aware that they only have five-year contract and can be thrown out at the end of their term if they fail to deliver.

She spoke at an ICPAK conference in Mombasa on Wednesday on invitation as the chairperson Finance and Economic Affairs Committee at the Council of Governors.

Laboso, who trounced Isaac Rutto, said the current county bosses have to fulfil the promise that they will change the livelihood of their people, especially women who suffer a lot.

She, however, the pioneers for the achievements in the health, infrastructure, agriculture, water, education, and economic empowerment sectors.

She hailed the over Sh200 billion allocated to the health sector against county budget of Sh954 billion.

"Medicines and equipment are now available in most counties through the efforts of our predecessors," the county chief said.

"The number of fully functional health facilities at the counties have increased from 8,456 in 2012 to the current 10,032 within the five years of devolution."

She said that owing to the efforts, the county government will soon meet the World Health Organisation recommendation 1:1,000 doctor-patient ratio.