County Governors’ Swearing-In

Raila in attendance as Nyong’o is sworn in as Kisumu Governor

Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Deputy Dr Mathew Owili have officially assumed office for the second term after they were sworn in on Thursday.

Nyong’o was sworn in by Kakamega High Court presiding Judge William Musyoka who also officiated the symbolic handover of the instruments of power to reaffirm the start of the second term in office.

In a spirited inaugural speech during the colourful event held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, Nyong’o called on the elected leaders in Kisumu County to collectively support his administration to deliver on the mandates and manifestos to the locals effectively.

The ceremony was graced by Azimio-One Kenya leader Raila Odinga, Principal Secretary (PS) for ICT Jerome Ochieng, Nyanza Regional Commissioner Magu Mutindika, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Nyanza Regional Manager George Oira, elected leaders and other national and county government officials.

Raila congratulated Nyong’o on his re-election saying his good leadership during the first term had contributed immensely to the development of Lakeside County.

By Robert Ojwang’ and Chris Mahandara

Governor Mbarire decries Ksh 2.2B pending bills as she assumes office

Incoming first woman Governor of Embu Cecily Mbarire was on Thursday sworn in alongside her Deputy Kinyua Mugo in a colourful event held at Embu University grounds and presided by High court Judge Mary Kasango.

Mbarire who was vying on a United Democratic Alliance ticket (UDA) trounced three other candidates to clinch the seat after garnering 108, 620 votes against her closest rival Lenny Kivuti who managed to get 105, 246 votes.

The nominated MP takes over as the second Governor from Martin Wambora who has served the maximum two terms limit.

By Samuel Waititu

Kachapin sworn in after ascending to the county’s top seat for the second time

West Pokot Governor elect Simon Kachapin has been sworn into office by High Court judge Justice Anthony Mrima at Kishaunet showground in West Pokot.

Kachapin ascends to the county’s top seat for the second time after he lost in 2017 to incumbent county boss John Lonyangapuo.

The race also saw Lonyangapuo pitted against his deputy Prof Nicholas Atudonyang, who ran on a KANU ticket.

According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Kachapin won the election by garnering 86,476 votes ahead of Lonyangapuo who got 84,610 votes.

Kachapin was running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket while Lonyangapuo flew the Kenya Union Party (KUP) flag.

By Beth Nyaga

Wisley Rotich takes over from Tolgos as Elgeyo Marakwet Governor

Elgeyo Marakwet County Governor elect Wisley Rotich has been sworn in at Iten Stadium.

Rotich will be stepping in the shoes of his boss Alex Tolgos at the age of 34, after being declared the winner in the gubernatorial race.

The former banker garnered 147,705 votes on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, with his closest competitor, National Vision Party (NVP) leader Anthony Chelimo coming second with 11,759 votes.

Many had dismissed him as an underdog in terms of age and experience.

There was even a time the elders said he was yet to attain the age to lead a county. They had urged him to withdraw from the race and back his competitors, who were senior, more experienced and more educated.

But he proved his critics wrong when he was declared the winner in the just concluded elections.

By Beth Nyaga

Dr Ochilo Ayacko officially assumes office of Migori Governor

Migori County Governor-elect Ochillo Ayacko and his deputy Gimunta Mahiri have Thursday been sworn into office.

Dr Ochilo Ayacko was declared the winner of the Migori Gubernatorial seat after a stiff competition that attracted other eight competitors.

Dr Ayacko garnered 175, 226 votes.

Ayacko who won the seat on an ODM ticket, an affiliate party under the Azimo La Umoja One Kenya Alliance defeated his closest rival John Pesa who managed to get 126,171 votes, a 49,050 vote margin.

Dr Ochilo is the former Migori Senator, a seat he won in a by-election after the death of Ben Okello in 2018.

He also served as the Rongo Constituency MP from 1997 to 2007.

Outgoing Migori Governor Okoth Obado handing over instruments of power to the incoming county boss Dr Ochilo Ayacko.

By Beth Nyaga

George Natembea takes oath as Trans Nzoia Governor

George Natembea has officially taken oath of office as the new Trans Nzoia Governor taking over from Patrick Khaemba.

The former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner took the oath of office with his deputy Philomenah Bineah Kapkory at the Kitale ASK Grounds on Thursday.

During the campaign period, Natembea pledged to transform Trans Nzoia County by ensuring proper service delivery to all citizens, in all sectors through servant leadership pegged on equality, equity, justice, inclusivity and prosperity.

Natembeya resigned in January to focus on his political bid after serving as Rift Valley Commissioner for two-and-a-half years.

The former RC won the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat after garnering 158,919 votes, his competitor Chris Wamalwa of Ford Kenya came in second with 79,020 votes.

By Muraya Kamunde

Kimemia sends apologies as Kiarie takes over as Governor

Nyandarua County Governor-elect Moses Kiarie has taken an oath of office as the new Chief Executive Officer Governor of Nairobi County at the Arboretum grounds in Olkalou town.

Justice Cecilia Githua presided over the swearing-in of Kiarie and his deputy-elect John Mathara.

The immediate Governor Francis Kimemia who was not in attendance conveyed his apologies through County Secretary Muigai Wainaina who said that Kimemia was attending a close relative’s funeral.

Wainaina then went ahead to hand over the instruments of power to the new Chief of the County.

Justice Githua on her part officially presented Mathara with his certificate after taking his oath.

Kiarie was declared the winner by County Returning Officer Nancy Wanjiku, who said he had 158, 263 votes against Kimemia’s 52,197.

By Beth Nyaga

Outgoing Kisii governor James Ongwae officially hands over instruments of power to the incoming County Chief Paul Simba Arati. Ongwae exits after serving two terms as the County Chief Executive.

By Wycliffe Oketch

Gachagua to attend Nyeri Governor-elect inauguration ceremony

Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua is expected to grace the swearing-in ceremony of Mutahi Kahiga as Nyeri’s fifth Governor.
The ceremony is set to take place at the new Nyeri bus park situated at the Asian Quarters in Nyeri town.
Kahiga will be deputized by David Kinaniri.

By Muraya Kamunde

Wavinya Ndeti takes over from Mutua as Governor Machakos

Former Lawmaker and Chief Administrative Secretary Wavinya Ndeti has been sworn in as Governor of Machakos County.

The ceremony held at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos Town was attended by outgoing Governor Alfred Mutua.

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka is also in attendance to witness Wavinya’s oath-taking ceremony.

By Prudence Wanza

Former Nairobi Senator has taken oath of office as governor-elect of Nairobi County.

Lady Justice Roseline Apiri presided over the swearing-in of Sakaja, his deputy-elect Njoroge Muchiri.

In attendance was the president-elect William Samoei Ruto, NMS Director General Mohammed Badi and Speaker Benson Mutura.

By Irene Muchuma

Nakuru County Governor-elect Susan Wakarura Kihika takes oath of office.

Kihika becomes the first woman elected to Nakuru’s top seat and the third county boss after Lee Kinyanjui and Kinuthia Mbugua.

By Kamche Menza

Homabay Governor-elect Gladys Wanga arrives for the oath-taking ceremony in the company of Azimio la Umoja presidential Running mate Martha Karua.

By Simon Achola

Stage set for Ex-City MCA to take oath as new Isiolo County Chief

It’s all systems go for the swearing-in of the incoming County Governor of Isiolo Abdi Guyo on Thursday.

According to the county secretary Ahmed Galgalo, who also chairs the transition committee, preparations commenced a month before the General elections. He says the committee will oversee a smooth transition from the outgoing county boss Mohammed Kuti.

“We started preparations a month to the August 9th general election and by now we have already done all documentation for the county assets and liabilities ready for a smooth transition, we are inviting all for the event as we expect over 2000 guests,” said  Galgalo.

Abdi Guyo together with his deputy Dr. James Lowasa was elected on a Jubilee Party and had received endorsement from the outgoing county chief.

Guyo has set the record as the 1st member of the county assembly to ascend to the governor’s position, after serving as an MCA for Matopeni ward in Nairobi and later being elected as majority leader in the city county assembly.

And as he takes charge, Guyo will have to grapple with a myriad of challenges such as incomplete and stalled projects initiated by the outgoing regime. Key among them includes the County Stadium which was supposed to be used as the venue for today’s ceremony that has had to be moved to Isiolo Boys High School.

By Dismus Otuke


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