Mayors and chairmen of civic bodies in Rift Valley handed over their offices yesterday, after the government dissolved them ahead of the general election.
Town clerks took over the running of the councils until the county governments are put in place after the March 4. The mayors and the chairmen, who have been using council cars, drivers, bodyguards and houses gave them up as directed by the Minister for Local Government Paul Otwoma. The minister dissolving the county councils this week.
"I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve as the mayor of Eldoret," said William Rono. "I think I did my best and played my role effectively."
Rono, who is URP aspirant for the Turbo parliamentary seat said he achieved a lot during his tenure in office. "The council is more stable because we generally improved service delivery for Eldoret town residents," said Rono.
But a section of residents expressed dissatisfaction with the mayor's sentiments. "When you look at Eldoret town today, there isn't anything new that can be attributed to the council. The town is dirtier and chaotic and we even have been experiencing water shortages unlike in the past years," said Ben Kimutai.
Chairman Paul Kiprop of the Wareng County Council said he was proud of his achievements in the last five years. "We expanded our markets in all areas and helped improve the road network in Uasin Gishu county," said Kiprop.
Kiprop is running for senator on a URP ticket. He praised councillors for "playing a critical role in the development of the the Wareng County County. "As we move to the new era, the councils have set stage for greater development through the counties system", said Kiprop.
Council bosses in Kitale, Kapsabet and Kabarnet also returned council property which have been in their possession. Most of the civic leaders are now vying for the County Representative positions to represent the public in the County Assemblies after the polls. They will be seeking election in larger areas than the civic wards they have been representing.