NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22 – Newly elected Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso has attributed her success to the huge support given to her by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
Speaking after her swearing-in ceremony attended by President Kenyatta, Laboso said she will use the opportunity to serve the people of Bomet effectively.
She stated that key among her areas of focus will be unemployment, agricultural production and provision of efficient service to all.
“I am here today to tell you, I have heard you loud and clear. I campaigned on a platform of change and from August 8, we got the mandate to change the way things were being done in this beloved county,” she stated.
Isaac Ruto conceded defeat during the ceremony and wished Laboso all the best as the new county boss while urging all to work together with her.
He stated that the most important thing is for all leaders to respect each other despite the results of the just concluded General Election, and move forward.
“From today please move forward to ensure that our people have been served well. That is the most important thing, to ensure that we fight poverty,” he stated.
“And we cannot do this if we fight among ourselves. I want to urge that you start working hard, let us respect one another and let us move forward.”
President Kenyatta attended the inauguration of Laboso whose win is one of Jubilee Party’s major achievements having been considered an Opposition stronghold.
President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s intense campaigns in the region are credited for Laboso’s victory against Isaac Ruto who was one of the five principals in the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.
The Deputy President on the other hand attended the inauguration of former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru who defeated Martha Karua in Kirinyaga.
“I shall diligently discharge my duties and perform my functions in the said office to the best of my judgement. That I shall do justice to all so help me God,” Waiguru stated.
Waiguru is one of only three female governors in the country following the recent elections the others being Laboso and Charity Ngilu who took over office in Kitui Tuesday.
In Mombasa, Hassan Joho also took oath for the second term in office, at a ceremony attended by NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi.
“You have once again put your trust in me. In my hands, in the hands of a boy coming from a humble home who never believed in his wildest dreams that such a dream was ever possible. But you the people of Mombasa made this possible. This victory is not ours but for the people of Mombasa.”
More than 30 governors took over office on Monday with a pledge to transform counties, with most of them identifying corruption as the major hindrance to development.
In Nairobi, Mike Sonko took over from Evans Kidero, with an assurance to reclaim the city’s lost glory.
In Kisumu, newly elected Senator Anyang Nyong’o too pledged to root out corruption at the lakeside county, while assuring of accelerated development.
Other governors already sworn in include Ngilu of Kitui, Francis Kimemia of Nyandarua, Salim Mvurya of Kwale, Granton Samboja of Taita Taveta, Amason Kingi of Kilifi, Lee Kinyanjui of Nakuru, Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni among others.