Busia Governor Sospiter Ojamoong’ on Sept 24th, 2016. By Chrispen Sechere.
Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has made several changes to his cabinet just two months to the next General Election.
Youth, Sports, Tourism, Culture and Social Services Executive Martin Kafwa will now also oversee Lands, Housing and Urban Development in an acting capacity.
This follows last week’s resignation of Bernadette Muyomi, who was in charge of the land department, whose chief officer is Gilbert Akide.
“I am sure the work I have done has been of significance to the county. I feel it is my time to leave,” said Ms Muyomi, who served as the Public Service, ICT and Communication executive before she was moved to the Department of Lands.
She said she was leaving for personal reasons.
Benard Yaite, who is currently in charge of Public Works, Transport, Roads and Energy, also takes over the Water, Environment and Natural Resources docket in an acting capacity.
The change came as former minister Gregory Odeke left to join politics. Moses Weunda is the acting chief officer for Water.
“We want to ensure that the public continues to get quality government services. That is why we are filling all the vacant positions,” Ojaamong said, adding that his deputy, Kizito Wangalwa, would remain in office until the elections.
Meanwhile, two Ford Kenya parliamentary candidates in Trans Nzoia County have claimed Jubilee Party is using money to influence the outcome of elections in their constituencies.
Joseph Pepela and Paul Moiben, vying for Saboti and Kwanza constituencies respectively, claimed Jubilee was sponsoring independent candidates to divide Opposition votes.
The region is generally regarded as a National Super Alliance (NASA) stronghold.
The two candidates urged NASA supporters to reject independent candidates, claiming they were Jubilee moles.
“Jubilee has pumped in a lot of money to spoil votes where the Opposition has a strong following,” said Mr Pepela.
Moiben said: “Independent candidates will come seeking your support but don’t vote for them because they are politicians for hire. Let us support our presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga to rescue the country from misrule.”