Monday morning saw the official introduction of two newest County Executive Council Members (CEC M) being sworn in to office. The two new executive members include Dr. Joyce Atieno Osogo as CEC member for roads and public works and Mr. John Obiero Awiti CEC member for Education, ICT and Human Capacity Development.
The ceremony was presided over by Principle Magistrate Hon. Peter Gesare and was witnessed by the Governor of Kisumu County Prof. Anyang’ Anyang’o, Speaker of the county assembly Hon Elisha Oraro, members of the county assembly, members of the executive, County Officials and the members of the public.
The duo thanked the governor for the opportunity given to work in his government, pledging to work together with the stakeholders to fulfill the governor’s manifesto.
The deputy governor emeritus Madam Ruth Odinga congratulated the two officers adding that their responsibilities are varied and will require support from various stakeholders. She also thanked the Governor for bringing on board a female member and for recognizing the women’s efforts in leadership of the county.
The County assembly leader of majority Hon. Kenneth Onyango stressed the need to have the new officers join the county government as their work is clearly cut out. He urged them to focus on delivering services to the residents of Kisumu.
The speaker of the County assembly, Hon. Elisha Oraro noted that the Departments, Roads and public works and the Education ICT and Human capacity development are enabling department that requires direct supervision. The speaker also pledged the assembly’s support to ensure service delivery.
While addressing the event, Kisumu Governor pledged to support the new CEC members in working to fulfill their mandate. The governor urged Dr. Osogo to take advantage of the good working relationship between the county government of Kisumu and KERRA, KURRA and KENHA towards improving road networks that have been destroyed due to floods.
The Governor acknowledged that 90% of the county road networks are in bad shape and it will require efforts to improve the roads adding that the department is not all about bursaries urging the new CEC member to be fair and just in issuing bursaries.
In the face of COVID -19 Prof. Nyong’o appreciated efforts by county health workers stating that efforts have been made to address health workers grievances. The governor appealed to health workers to join hands in this time of the pandemic.