Evans Kidero has said he will ensure Nairobi recaptures its former glory after he was sworn in as Nairobi Governor Wednesday.
Justice Msagha Mbogholi led Dr Kidero in taking the oath of office before hundreds of Nairobi residents. Deputy governor Jonathan Mueke was also sworn in.
“We have a responsibility to bring the city to its former glory,” said Dr Kidero.
He said Nairobi will lead the way in ensuring Kenya attains Vision 2030.
Dr Kidero outlined critical areas that he will give priority including health provision, transport, housing, security, job creation, drainage and water piping.
Mr Mueke said he would “work tirelessly to ensure the governor and myself succeed in service delivery to the people of Nairobi”.
The chairman of the Transition Authority Kinuthia Wamwangi said devolution will herald good tidings for Kenyans but urged patience in the rollout of county governments.
“County governments mark an exciting part of our country’s history. But ample time is needed for the public to understand how it works,” he said.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga was among invited guests at the event. Others include members of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
Mr Odinga urged Dr Kidero to reach out to opponents and work for Nairobi residents.
“It is time for the Governor to reach out to those he defeated and work together,” he said.
CIC commissioner Peter Wanyande said the swearing in of the county executives “signifies the coming into reality of the devolved system as provided for in the Constitution”.
“Governors will be required to give meaning to the Constitution and statutory provisions in its entirety,” Prof Wanyande said.
Nairobi is the most populous Kenyan County with a population of 3.13 million people. The city’s unemployment rate is 45 per cent.