Video:Governors sworn in as devolution starts
All governors-elect and their deputies will be sworn into office on Wednesday, marking the first day of county governments.
In Nairobi, governor-elect Evans Kidero will take the oath of office at Uhuru Park before embarking on running the affairs of Kenya’s richest and most populous county, but which has a mountain of problems to solve.
In the six Coast counties, the governors-elect and their deputies will be sworn-in in elaborate ceremonies to take place at the headquarters of each county.
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa said governor-elect Ali Hassan Joho will take his oath at Mkomani ASK grounds in a ceremony to be presided over by Resident Judge Maureen Odero and administered by Chief Magistrate Stephen Riechi.
“We are asking visitors to arrive early so as to begin the occasion at 10am as scheduled,” said Mr Marwa, who said security would be tight during the occasion.
In Taita-Taveta, governor-elect John Mruttu will be sworn in at Mwatunge Primary School grounds. The event will be followed by the opening of the governor’s office in Wundanyi.
In Kwale, at least 3,000 people are expected to grace the ceremony to be held at the Kwale Baraza Park.
“We have invited all stakeholders to come and witness the occasion; from dignitaries like the newly elected leaders, to investors and even the commonmwananchi,” said Matuga DC Kipsang Sigei.
In Kilifi, governor-elect Amason Kingi’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at Karisa Maitha Stadium.
“Our expectation is to conduct the ceremony without interference,” county commissioner Erastus Ekdor said.
In Lamu, governor-elect Issa Timamy and his deputy will be sworn-in at Mkunguni Square in Lamu Town.
On Tuesday, workers were putting final touches to the Hola County Hall where the swearing in ceremony for Tana River governor-elect Hussein Dado will be held.
But in Kericho, preparations for the same event had been completed.
The swearing-in of Kakamega governor-elect Wycliffe Oparanya and his deputy, Dr Philip Kutima, will be conducted at Bukhungu stadium.
In Kisumu, preparations to swear in Mr Jack Rangum and his deputy, Ms Ruth Odinga were complete.
County commissioner Lorna Odero said: “So far there is no hitch in the preparations.”
Mr Jackson Mandago will also take the oath of office for governor of Uasin Gishu at the Eldoret Sports Club.
County commissioner Abdi Hassan said 600 guests have been invited to the ceremony. “We received the Sh2 million for event and we are done with the preparations,” he said.
Similarly, the swearing-in of Elgeyo-Marakwet governor-elect Alex Tolgos will be conducted at the Iten Sports Ground.
In Baringo, governor-elect Benjamin Cheboi and his deputy will take their oath of office at the Kabarnet Stadium which was beehive of activity on Tuesdsay.