By Sarah Gitu
Kajiado governor Joseph ole Lenku on Friday nominated half of his new cabinet and immediately called on the county assembly start vetting process.
Lenku, in a surprise move, included opposition politician, Esther Somoire in his nominee list.
He told the assembly to sit and work on the vetting so as to allow act on his pledges of fast-tracking the services to the people.
Somoire, who vied for Woman Rep position in the last general election on ODM ticket, has been picked to take up the health docket as new county executive committee member.
Others on the list included; Alex Kilowua (Roads), (Water, Joseph Sankale, (Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources), Michael Semera (County Treasurer) and Carolyn Chege (Public Service, Administration and Citizen Participation).
Semera is a banker while Chege is from the NGO world.
Speaking after naming his nominees, Lenku expressed disappointment on the direction the opposition is taking the country.
He said the economy of the country is at its worst owing to political temperatures generated by the repeat presidential election.
“Business people in Kajiado have expressed their concern over the way business is taking. We cannot allow people to hold the country at ransom,” said Lenku.
Regarding the position the former governor, David Nkedianye took on Thursday buy going to court to contest his election Lenku said his predecessor is setting a “bad” precedent.
“Nkedianye had conceded defeat during my inauguration, and I am shocked that opposition leader Raila Odinga is using him to divide the people of Kajiado”, said Lenku.