Kenya: Laikipia Governor and MCAs Reach Truce

Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi and ward reps have reached a truce over the appointment of county secretary.

On Wednesday evening, the MCAs unanimously endorsed a report from the Labour committee that recommended the approval of Mr Karanja Njora who has been serving in an acting capacity.

The committee chairman George Karuiru told the House session, chaired by Speaker Patrick Waigwa, that they procedurally vetted the nominee and resolved that he was best suited for the position.

"I beg that this House adopts this report so that we can approve the County Secretary. We need Mr Njora to work without fear for the people of Laikipia for the remainder of the term. Lawful process of vetting him was followed and the committee wrote this report recommending his approval," the Ol Moran MCA said.

Governor Muriithi, on May 17, 2018, had written to the assembly for consideration of the nominee but majority of lawmakers rejected him when his approval motion was tabled in the House on July 25 the same year.

Majority Leader Peter Thomi said Mr Njora was seconded to the position by the national government for amassing the requisite experience while serving as a national government administrator.

The Gighiga MCA said the prolonged supremacy battle between the two arms of county government would derail development at the grassroots.

"As a House, we are not setting the right precedence by letting the nominee work on an acting capacity for two years. It is only fair for us to confirm him," Mr Thomi said.

The report was also endorsed by MCAs Mutahi Muritu (Tigithi), Jacob Endom (Sosian), Cherubo Kaparo (Segera) and Irene Wachuka (nominated).

Mr Waigwa, however, urged the MCAs to continue offering their oversight role but ensuring that the Executive performs accordingly.

"Let us continue pushing the Executive to bring on board substantive Chief Officers so that oversight can be enhanced. We should work together for the betterment of Laikipia," the Speaker said.

Mr Muriithi's Senior Advisor Kiama Kaara said Mr Njora will be sworn in next week on a date that is yet to be confirmed.

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