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Regional balance is seen to have taken center stage in the recent Chief Officers appointment by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.

In a memo addressed to the County Assembly Speaker, George Ndotto last week, the county boss forwarded 11 names to the Assembly for vetting and subsequent approval.

According to the governor this is a partial list as she had advertised for 14 posts of the county top officials.  

Notably, Mwingi region is seen to have gleaned big from these appointments after scooping the most coveted docket of Finance which is under the County Treasury ministry.

 The governor picked Mr Enoch Nguthu, a Deputy Finance Officer from Ukasi in Mwingi Central Constituency who worked under the leadership of Ngilu’s predecessor Julius Malombe to head the crucial department.

Mrs. Ngilu praised appointees which she said consisted of “energetic, qualified and experienced professionals with capacity to seamlessly work with newly appointed County Executive Committee Members to take Kitui County forward and sustain the already established momentum.”

She also said the appointment consists of young people whom she said will drive the county’s agenda. Out of the 11, seven of them are in their 40s, and two in their 30s, indicating that energy will be a key component of my administrative tools,” Mrs. Ngilu said after forwarding the names to the Assembly.

The nominees include:  Dr Richard Muthoka for Health and Sanitation, Ms Agnetta Mwikali Peter (Education), Geoffrey Mulinge Changangu (Youth Development), Ms Margaret Mwikali John for Trade Cooperatives and Investments and Mr Enoch Kimanzi Nguthu (Finance).

Others are:  Mr Benjamin Kioko Kiilu for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Christopher David Kitonga ( Land, infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development), Ms Agnes Kawila Mulewa (Governor’s Office), Mr Bernard Katungi (Administration and Coordination of County Affairs), Mr Godfrey Kimanzi Zakayo for Tourism, Sports and Culture and Mr Justus Kalii Makau (Economic Planning).

Out of the eleven posts Kitui Rural scooped 3, Kitui Central 2 while Mwingi West, Mwingi Central, Mwingi North, Kitui East and Kitui West got one position each. The remaining position went to Makueni County.

However Kitui South and the minority Tharaka community missed out of the list and it is expected the county chief will consider the areas either in the remaining three posts of the Chief Officers or the position of the County Secretary and the two deputies.

But it is not clear when the governor will announce the remaining officials.


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