Politics

Meijo resigns, to vie for Kajiado South MP seat

Meijo, who hails from Entarara in Rombo Ward, ranks as one of the longest serving civil servants in Kajiado, having joined the defunct Olkejuado County Council as a revenue clerk in 1999, in Ewuaso

The battle for Kajiado South constituency has become a lot more competitive with the entry of Jonathan Meijo, who expresses confidence that he will be the one to replace Katoo ole Metito as area MP.

Meijo, who has been a director in the Health Department in the Kajiado County Government, tendered his resignation on January 26, as per the requirements of the constitution. In a letter addressed to the secretary, Kajiado County Public Service Board, Meijo writes: “I hereby write to officially tender my resignation…with the intention of seeking elective office in the forthcoming August 8 General Election.”

He adds. “This notice follows the long-awaited decision of Justice Mrima on 25 January, 2022 whereby he upheld the legal requirement of civil servants to resign at least six months to the date of the General Election.”

Though he was working as a director in the Health Department, Meijo’s designation is that of Director Procurement and Supply Chain Management. That is the position he occupied throughout the five years of David Nkedianye’s administration. He was moved to the Health Department after Joseph ole Lenku came into power.

“My main reason for resigning is so that I can pursue my personal ambition of becoming the MP Kajiado South and serve the people,” he told Kajiado Star, adding that he intends to serve with humility, with utmost dedication to humanity.

Among the things he hopes to accomplish if elected MP includes lobbying for national government’s projects. “I want Kajiado South to negotiate on the same table with the rest of Kenyans,” says. “I also intend to set up a technical training institute.”

Still on the education front, Meijo hopes to put in place career development plans for students so that they avoid ‘useless’ courses, but instead pursue life altering courses and those that guarantee job satisfaction.

On food security, the aspiring candidate has his eyes set on the construction of a dam that will provide irrigation water for the growth of crops in the area.

He also hopes to restructure the CDF fund in such a way that it provides bursaries for secondary school students. “The current arrangement is such that bursaries for secondary schools are provided by group ranches and the county government, while CDF only caters for college and university students,” he explains adding that bursaries for secondary school students is nowhere near enough.

Meijo, who hails from Entarara in Rombo Ward, ranks as one of the longest serving civil servants in Kajiado, having joined the defunct Olkejuado County Council as a revenue clerk in 1999, in Ewuaso.

He rose through the ranks to become the administrative officer in charge of Namanga division.

In June 2008, he was posted to the headquarters to be in charge of performance contracts and administration, a position he held for five months before being appointed to be in charge of the procurement department.

The devolved government system found him in that position, which he held until 2018 when Lenku replaced Nkedianye.

 In between working, Meijo was furthering his education on a part time basis. Apart from undertaking CPA courses, he enrolled for a BCom Finance degree at the University of Nairobi. “I later did a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Procurement and Supply Management from the same university.

He is currently a PhD candidate for Operations Management, also from the University of Nairobi.

Among his highlights while working for the Kajiado County Government was putting up an efficient and robust procurement unit, which he says was able to deliver “so many projects in the county, people still talk about them to date.”

 If elected as Kajiado South MP, Meijo says he will improve the foundation laid by Ole Metito.

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