Change of guard as over 20 governors sworn in

Change of guard as over 20 governors sworn in

More than twenty governors have been sworn in today across the country with most of them promising to initiate development in their respective counties.

Governors Mike Sonko (Nairobi), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo-Marakwet), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), James Ongwae (Kisii), Wilbur Otichilo (Vihiga), Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Dhadho Godhana (Tana River), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Amason Kingi (Kilifi),  Okoth Obado (Migori), Anyang Nyong’o (Kisumu), Lee Kinyanjui (Nakuru), Patrick Gakuru (Nyeri), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) and Salim Mvurya (Kwale) are some of the county bosses who have been sworn into office today.

Most of the county chief have promised to improve service delivery and tame the corruption menace.

During his swearing-in ceremony at Uhuru Park, Nairobi Governor Sonko promised to prioritize construction of roads, proved safe and drinking water to all Nairobi residents and clean-up the city

“Nairobi will never be the same again from today. I shall work round-the-clock to guarantee efficient and timely services for all our residents,” Sonko said.


In Migori, Governor Obado  who was sworn in for a second term following a bruising battle against Ochilo Ayacko promised to establish a fish cooling plant near Lake Victoria and a sweet potato processing plant in Kuria sub-County to promote competitive and sustainable agricultural practice, improve economy and to improve livelihoods of the people.

“My government will prioritize development and the two plants will enhance value addition and promote the county’s economy. To boost livestock and crop farming, we shall empower our extension officers so that they can visit farmers and advise them accordingly,” said Governor Obado.


In Nyeri, Governor Gakuru decried inheriting a county that lagged behind in development but promised to restore it to its former glory.

“We are grateful that you elected us and we promise we will not let you down. Nyeri has been rocked by internal wrangles but moving forward we will prioritize development.

Gakuru promised also pledged to streamline the “ailing” healthcare sector whose standards have dipped since 2013.


Governor Kivutha Kibwana pledged to realize the full potential of Makueni’s agricultural sector to boost the region’s economy.

“We commit ourselves to increase agricultural production with over 5,000 hectares under irrigation,” vowed Governor Kibwana.

Governors-elect Hassan Joho of Mombasa and Joyce Laboso of Bomet take oath of office on Tuesday.

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Story By Wahome Gitonga
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