By The COAST Team
Tana River Governor Major (Rt) Dhadho Godhana had his County Executive Committee members sworn in at night under unclear circumstances.
Godhana presided hurriedly over the swearing in held on Wednesday 10.30 p.m in Hola the capital town of the County.
He didnot disclose what led to the hurried swearing in but sources confide to The COAST Newspaper have revealed that a section of the Tana River residents were not happy with the nominees for the jobs.
It also emerged that the group wanted to file an injunction in court to block the swearing in exercise which would render governor Godhana in an awkward situation.
Those who were against the swearing in to go on as planned claimed that the list of Nominees was not gender balanced for it had only two women thus did not meet the required threshold.
“There is no anyone who is physically challenged in that group leave alone that the list is gender insensitive. That’s why we wanted to go to court and block the whole exercise” Said the source who pleaded for anonymity.
The swearing in now brings to an end the long wait for governor Godhana who has been operating without CeC’s for the last five months since he ascended to power.
Among those who were sworn in at night were Mwanajuma Habwoka Mabuke (Health, Sanitation and Medical Services), Abass Kunyo Guyo (Education, Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services), and Khadija Harufa Algi (Public Service Management, Administration and ICT).
Stephen Wachira Kariuki was sworn in as CeC for (Roads, Public Works, Housing and Urbanization), Yahya Ali Barrow (Trade, Cooperative Development, Tourism and Industrialization) while Javan Bonaya will head the (Lands, Physical Planning, Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock and Veterinary Services) docket.
Among those sworn in the following day but very early in the morning so as to beat fears of being served with a court order was the CEC member for Finance and Planning, Mr. Matthew Babwoya Buya, for he was not immediately available when his colleagues took their oaths.
The swearing in exercise was conducted shortly after the local County Assembly approved the names of the seven nominees and rejected one on the grounds that he had poor academic background.
The oath was administered by the Garsen Principal Magistrate James Macharia at the county government offices at about 10.30 pm, attended by county government officials and members of the public.
Speaking after the exercise, the Governor, Major (rtd) Godhana, warned the CeC’s to serve the county’s residents with dedication and zeal or failure to meet the people’s expectation would be relieved of their duties before the end of the term.
“Do not think that being sworn in is a licence for you to do what you want till 2022. Even I as governor could be impeached if my work is below par. If you work below our expectations, expect the axe to fall on you,” he warned.
He said the county was currently grappling with a cholera outbreak as well as a biting drought that was threatening the lives of residents and called on officers to rededicate themselves to provide quality and prompt services.
“This county has numerous challenges such as food insecurity, education, insecurity, lack of water and poor development and it needs a team of dedicated and selfless individuals to turn things around,” he said.
It was not immediately clear why the ‘county ministers’ had to be sworn in at night, but it is believed that the county government officials feared somebody could seek a court injunction to stop the exercise and thus make the county run without an executive committee.
Human rights activists and the civil society have complained that the appointments did not meet the two-thirds gender rule and that persons with disabilities had not been included in the executive committee.