Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Monday, February 26 restructured his cabinet few days after replacing his former deputy Polycarp Igathe. The governor major changes to his ten-member cabinet barely three months after the county executives took oath of office.
According to Sonko in a circular, he stated that the changes take effect immediately with a lot of seriousness. “The changes should take effect immediately and the Executive Members should take their work with the seriousness it deserves,” part of the circular read.
Apparently the Nairobi County boss put on hold the name of Peter Kariuki after it had been submitted to the County Assembly for vetting for the position of County Secretary.
Additionally, the Finance Executive Member Veska Kangongo was named Devolution cabinet secretary and replaced with Danvas Makori who was previously in charge of the Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries ministry.
Similarly, Devolution county executive Larry Wambua becomes the new Environment minister replacing Emmah Mukuhi who was transfered to the ICT docket that was previously held by Charles Kerich who is the new Lands minister.
Peter Njuguna who was in charge of the Lands docket is the new Agriculture minister. “The Governor is after effective service delivery. People should not read too much in this, it is purely to make Nairobi County more productive,” said the Deputy Director of Communications, Elkana Jacob.
However, Sonko retained Hitan Majevdia in the Health docket, Allan Igambi as the Tourism Executive and Janet Ouko in the Education, Youth, Gender and Sports while Mohammed Dagane will remain the CEC in charge of Roads, Infrastructure and Transport.
Just recently Governor Sonko appointed John Gakuo to replace Igathe weeks after resignation. Apparently Gakuo’s main task is to regain Nairobi lost glory according to the letter addressed by County Secretary, Leboo Ole Morintat, clarified that Mr Gakuo would take the immediate Deputy Governor Mr Polycarp Igathe’s place.
Reasonably, the former deputy Polycarp Igathe, through a statement, he noted that he had failed to earn the trust of the Governor to enable him to drive the management of the county efficiently. “Dear Nairobians, it is with a heavy heart that I resign my seat as elected Deputy Governor of Nairobi City County effective 1 pm on 31st Jan 2018. I regret I have failed to earn the trust of the Governor,” Igathe said.