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September 20, 2018

Kakamega CECs hold breath ahead of Cabinet changes

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya when he appeared before the Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee on the audit queries raised by the auditor general for the financial year 2014/15. July 2018. Photo/Jack Owuor
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya when he appeared before the Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee on the audit queries raised by the auditor general for the financial year 2014/15. July 2018. Photo/Jack Owuor

Top officials in Kakamega county government are anxious over reports of an impending cabinet reshuffle by governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

The reshuffle will lead to the filling of Public Service and Administration executive, which fell vacant after Beatrice Sabana resigned two months ago.

Sources said at least two executives are likely to be either moved or dropped for alleged inefficiency.

The source added, “From what we know, Health and the office of governor are likely to be affected in the changes to be announced soon.”

“The governor feels things are not working as they should and the changes are inevitable.”

The sources said the office of the county secretary could be affected as it is considered “ineffective”.

Rachael Okumu is the Health executive, while Jacinta Odhiambo is the county secretary.

When Oparanya named his cabinet on January 31, he did not drop any of the previous members.

However, he moved some and hired new executives.

The governor retained only three out of the former team in their departments and moved five others in different capacities.

Likely to be targeted is the legal officer at the Kakamega Water and Sanitation Company Christabel Ashino, who was arrested on Friday in connection with the purchase of a 48-acre plot in Mumias town by the county government in 2014.

She recorded a statement and was released. Former county secretary Jeremiah Were and Finance chief officer Joseph Kinyua also recorded statements.

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