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Lenku names his full cabinet, awaiting assembly approval

Governor Joseph Lenku - left in red tie- before flagging off 20 trucks ferrying livestock feed to drought-stricken areas of Kajiado
Governor Joseph Lenku - left in red tie- before flagging off 20 trucks ferrying livestock feed to drought-stricken areas of Kajiado

Kajiado governor Joseph ole Lenku yesterday nominated three people to serve as county executive committee members in his cabinet.

The three are; Lenku Seki (Trade, Culture, Tourism and Wildlife), Jackline Koin (Education and Vocational Training) and Alvin Kimani (Youth, Gender and social services).

Lenku on Monday had nominated Moses Narok for the position of CECM in the Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries and Hamilton Parseina (Lands).

Those he nominated earlier included; Esther Somoire (Health), Alex Kilowua (Roads), Joseph Sankale (Water and Irrigation, Michael Semera (County Treasurer) and Carolyn Chege (Public Service).

Not a single CEC member under former governor David Nkedianye was considered in the new appointments that are awaiting the approval of the county assembly.

Lenku, in a surprise move, appointed Somoire from opposition. She contested for the position of Kajiado Women Rep in the last general election on ODM ticket but lost to Janet Teyiaa of Jubilee.

All the ten nominees are most likely going to be approved by the assembly owing to majority support of the MCAs in the current House.

Only members of the Kikuyu and Maasai communities dominated Lenku’s new-look cabinet that was picked across all the five sub-counties of the region.

Meanwhile, governor Joseph Lenku earlier yesterday distributed 9,000 bags of livestock feed to drought-affected pastoralists in Kajiado.

While releasing more than 20 trucks to various destination s in the county, Lenku expressed fears that more than 3, 000 people are in dire need of famine relief in Kajiado West alone.

Lenku appealed for food relief from the national government to be distributed to the pastoralist communities already suffering from the fangs of hunger.

“Livestock are dying in large numbers, and they are the only source of food for my people. What is likely to follow is the effect on the pastoralists, who have nowhere to turn to,” said Lenku.

The 9, 000 bags were donated by government through the national drought management authority.

Already governor Lenku has released more than 20 water tankers to the slopes of Kyulu Hills where most of the livestock from the region have sought grazing refuge.

On Friday last week Lenku appealed to Kenya Wildlife Service to allow Maasai livestock to graze in their parks during this time of drought.

 

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