Kisumu County finally gets a substantive County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Finance and Economic Planning following the swearing in of George Omondi Okong’o earlier yesterday..
Mr. Okong’o who previously headed the Special Delivery Unit was sworn into office yesterday afternoon by Kisumu Law Courts Chief Magistrate Julius Nga’arng’ar at a ceremony held at Kisumu City Hall.
As he welcomed the new CEC Member, Kisumu Governor, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o who witnessed the ceremony alongside his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili congratulated Mr. Omondi even as he lauded the County Assembly for their professionalism in the vetting process and the day to day running of the assembly.
He also provided a brief highlight of the developments around the city including the establishment of the Kisumu Small Traders Commercial Centre, which is at an advanced stage with the help of the National Government. He lauded the traders for their patience and overwhelming support as he tries to re plan the city.
The jubilant Mr. Okong’o who now becomes the youngest CEC highlighted his commitments in five key points. At the top of his agenda is the streamlining of Budget and Planning processes with a view to making them more elaborate, timely and inclusive. Secondly, the issue of the wage bill which Mr. Omondi says can only addressed by making strategic and hard choices as opposed to focusing on the numbers.
The other major issue he focused to address is the aspect of own revenue generation promising to conduct proper assessment of the potentials of the various revenue streams. Other measures will include putting into place prudent expenditure and cash flow management and ensuring proper implementation of government projects.
Mr. Okong’o was categorical that most county projects were incomplete due to lack of capacity by certain service providers. He promised to strengthen the procurement process to ensure that only people with sound business standing get to work with government.
He extended a welcoming hand to good businessmen in the county to feel free and work with the county government in delivering the promise to the people of Kisumu.
Dr. Owili reminded the new Finance CECM of the critical role the docket plays as an enabler to other departments urging him to remain true to the task.
Mr. Okong’o takes over the finance docket from Dr. Obiero Ogone who was serving as the Interim Executive following a cabinet reshuffle where the former office holder Mr. Nerry Achar was moved to Energy and Industrialisation.