Semera finally out of the water

The Governor must reckon that by giving back the Finance docket to the people of Kajiado East, they might look at him favourably in next year’s election

By Kajiado Star reporter

Alais Kisota is the biggest casualty in the latest cabinet reshuffle by Kajiado Governor, Joseph ole Lenku.

The man, who was Lenku’s CEC in charge of Finance has been moved to the backwater position of Gender, Sports and Tourism, which was previously held by Samuel Seki.

Seki, a permanent fixture in all of Lenku’s shuffles, now moves to Public Service, Social Services, Administration and Inspectorate Services, which was previously held by Florence Waiganjo.

Waiganjo, another reshuffle veteran, moves back to her old stomping ground of Water, Environment and Natural Resources.

Michael Semera, who has been lying low at the Water docket, can finally utilise his Finance background in the prestigious Finance, Economic Planning and ICT.

Semera, whose patience and loyalty has paid dividends and who is the biggest winner, in the latest round of reshuffles, now has the opportunity to show Lenku, what he has been missing in the period he has been submerged in the Water docket.

He has the uphill task of navigating and guiding the Lenku administration out of the ditch it currently finds itself in.

Political and economic pundits are in agreement that Kisota’s ill-fated tenure at the heart of Kajiado’s Treasury has been a fine mess, and that is putting it mildly.

Matters came to a head last month when it emerged that the Finance Department has been cynically denying other departments crucial funds, a thing that culminated in the County Assembly’s refusal to approve the Annual Budget.

This was after casuals at the Kajiado Referral Hospital downed their tools, protesting non-payment for six months.

Also banished from the Finance docket is CO Sankaire Tima, who has been shunted to Governor’s Delivery Unit.

In returning Semera to the Finance docket, Lenku also seeks to score political points, seeing as Semera hails from Kajiado East, where Lenku is locked in a re-election battle with former governor, David Nkedianye and Peris Tobiko, both of whom are from Kajiado East.

The Governor must reckon that by giving back the Finance docket to the people of Kajiado East, they might look at him favourably in next year’s election.

The full list of reshuffles:

Cabinet Members.

1. Finance, Economic Planning& ICT: Michael Semera.

2. Water, Environment, Natural Resources & Climate Change: Florence Waiganjo.

3. Public Service, Social Services, Administration & Inspectorate Services: Samuel Seki.

4. Gender, Tourism, Wildlife,Sports and Youth: Alais Kisota.

5.Roads, Public Works, Transport and Energy: Alex Kilowua

6. Lands, Physical Planning, Urban Development, Housing & Municipalities: Hamilton Parseina

7. Health Services : Esther Somoire

8. Agriculture, Veterinary Services, Fisheries & Irrigation: Jackline Koin

9. Education, Vocational Training, Culture& Citizen Participation: Jeremiah ole Ncharo.

10. Trade, Cooperatives & Enterprise Development: Alvin Kimana

Chief Officers

1.Finance & Economic Planning: Lekina Tutui

2. Roads & Public Works : Francis Mbugua

3. Urban Development,Housing & Municipalities: Eddy Kimani Gitau.

4. Medical Services : Jonathan Kulei

5. Public Health: Jacob Sampeke.

6 . Public Service & Social Services : Francis Metian.

7. Governor’s Delivery Unit (GDU): Sankaire Tima.

8. Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office: John Njoroge.

9. Nominee for Chief Officer , Administration& Inspectorate Services : Neema Loitu.

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