By Anne Chebet
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati has appealed to area residents and the civil society to consider dialogue whenever they feel aggrieved as opposed to seeking redress in the court.
Wangamati said the many court cases filed against his administration is affecting service delivery since its time consuming and expensive.
Wangamati who spoke during the swearing of four chief officers welcomed positive criticisms as opposed to creating enmity with his government.
“These court petitions don’t hurt me as governor. They only delay development that our people are waiting for. Let’s stop legal battles and engage me directly and I will listen to your grievances,” said Wangamati.
He called on those who have reservations on his appointments to always seek dialogue with his office first, before rushing to court.
The new chief officers who were sworn into office are John Wekesa Wasike who will be in charge of Agriculture and Irrigation. Prior to his appointment, he was working as one of the senior manager at Nzoia Sugar Company.
Ms Saphia Awil Ibrahim was appointed as Chief Officer for Gender and Culture. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has previously worked for the National Council for Law Reporting.
Mr Chrispinus Nyongesa Simiyu is the new Chief officer in the office of the County Secretary and boasts of 24 years’ experience as a teacher and has been a principal for the last 12 years.
Phoebe Namukuru Buchunju was appointed as the Chief Officer Incharge ICT and Records Management. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and has 16 years of experience in management.
Prior to her appointment, she has been working as a chief officer in the same capacity in the County Government of Trans Nzoia.
Governor Wangamati said he expects to have a total of 18 Chief officers by the end of the recruitment process saying already eight names undergoing vetting by the County Assembly of Bungoma and that six more positions have been advertised.
“Service delivery to the electorate should be given first priority. The new chief officers must work hard as the oath they have taken is for service to Bungoma residents and not for personal gain,” Wangamati said.
He urged each one of them to give their best in their various capacities in order to realize the development agenda for the County Government.