The long wait for intense development in Bungoma County could finally be over after H.E Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati today witnessed the swearing in of four new chief officers into office.
The brief swearing in ceremony was held a few hours ago at the county headquarters on Moi Avenue.
The ceremony ushered in the following as the new chief officers:
1. JOHN WEKESA WASIKE, a former manager at Nzoia Sugar Company, as the new Chief Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
2. SAPHIA AWIL IBRAHIM. The Kenya School of Law graduate will be the Chief Officer in the Ministry of Gender and Culture.
3. CHRISPINUS NYONGESA SIMIYU. A holder of Masters degree in Education Administration from Baraton University, Mr Simiyu takes over as the Chief officer in the office of the County Secretary, and
4. PHOEBE NAMUKURU BUCHUNJU who holds an MBA in Strategic Management from JKUAT, will be the Chief Officer – ICT and Records Management having served under the same capacity in Trans Nzoia County.
The four are among the fourteen the vetting committee has been grilling shortly after a petition filed by a lobby group opposing their appointment was withdrawn from court last week.
“We expect to have a total of eighteen Chief officers by the end of this process, including the County Secretary,” said Governor Wangamati in a statement published by his press team.
It was the first time in 15 months that the Governor was witnessing the swearing in of the COs.
The Governor has been under fire for delaying to initiate his campaign manifesto, an issue he faults the constant court petitions filed by lobby groups as a hinderence.
“These court petitions don’t hurt me as governor. They only delay development that our people are waiting for,” he added as he urged petitioners to square out with the County leadership before running to courts.
Other Chief Officers expected to be sworn in include Denson Wanjala Barasa (Office of the DG), Maurice Wabwile Marango (Roads, Infrastructure and Works) and Carolyne Nekesa Maset (Youth and Sports).
The entry of the new chief officers and other appointees now revives hopes of seeing developments in the country’s third largest County.