By Irene Mativo
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has stamped authority as the City Hall boss where he has made major changes in his cabinet on powerful dockets ran by county executive members fronted by State House.
At the same time put on hold the appointment of Peter Kariuki who had been picked from State House where he served as an employee in the Project Delivery Unit (PDU) in the Office of the President.
Things seem to have taken a new twist at City Hall where it was seen that State House were pulling strings after the exit of deputy governor Polycarp Igathe early this year and three months later the governor has reshuffled his cabinet.
Governor Mike Sonko on Monday made changes in his cabinet through a circular dated February 26, 2018, barely three months after the ten executives were sworn in.
“The changes should take effect immediately and the Executive Members should take their work with the seriousness it deserves,” read part of the circular.
The powerful docket of finance held by former deputy chairperson County Public Service Board Veska Kangongo has now been replaced by Danvas Makori, who was serving in the Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries.
Ms Kangongo who in 2013 had tried to start her political career by expressing interest in the Uasin Gishu Gubernatorial seat served in Governor Kidero`s administration before landing in the finance docket.
Although the county has recorded increase in revenue collections, the report by auditor general on the financial year 2015/16 response to the audit queries seem to have put her on loggerhead with the current regime.
During the ongoing Public Accounts Committee at the Assembly the executive has in several times thrown the county under the bus by exposing irregularities on how public funds were spent.
Mr Makori will head the finance docket despite having zero background on economics raising concerns by a section of MCAs.
Mr Makori was a former aide of former governor Evans Kidero and a pastor who holds a PhD in Theology from the International Christian University.
Ms Kagongo will now head the Devolution docket taking over from Larry Wambua who will now be in charge of Environment,
The Environment department was held by Emmah Mukuhi who has now been transferred to ICT and E-Government docket.
During vetting, Ms Muthoni, who worked with Kenya Airways as a flight attendant before her appointment was unfamiliar with the environment terminologies but would have learned in the job.
Charles Kerich, who was heading ICT has been moved to Lands , Urban renewal and Housing formerly held by Peter Njuguna another State House frontier who will now serve in the Agriculture docket.
“There is no motive behind the reshuffle.Its purely about service delivery and it is the mandate of the Governor to make changes in his cabinet,”said Ag County Secretary Simon Leboo.
The Governor has maintained Hitan Majevdia in the Health docket, Allan Igambi as the Tourism Exexutive and Janet Ouko in the Education, Youth, Gender and Sports.
Mohammed Dagane will remain the CEC in charge of Roads, Infrastructure and Transport.
On the County Secretary position which the governor, seems to have suffered a major setback after his name was recalled from approval by the County Assembly.
This was after the efforts by the Governor efforts to create the position of deputy county secretary, an office that is not provided for in law failed to sail through.
“This is to advise that am recalling the above officer to allow for further consultation before we conclusively undertake the appointment of the same,” read a memo to the County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.