Kidero drops Gakuo, Kingondu in county executive reshuffle


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kidero-picNairobi County Governor Evans Kidero has axed his executives for Environment and Health for non-performance.

In a reshuffle announced on Tuesday, Governor Kidero dropped former town clerk John Gakuo who was the County Executive Committee member for Environment, and Mr Timothy Kingondu, who served as the Health executive.

The move has also seen Mrs Anne Lokidor, formerly the executive for Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Development, appointed to the Information Communication Technology docket, replacing Mohamed Abdullahi, who has now been appointed executive for Roads, Transport and Public Works.

Mr Evans Ondieki — who as the Transport executive courted controversy that led to an attempt by the county assembly to remove him — has now replaced Mr Gakuo as the Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Energy executive.

The governor has retained Mrs Anna Othoro, Mr Tom Odongo and Mr Greggory Mwakanongo in their dockets: Trade, Industrialisation, Tourism and Cooperative Development; Lands, Housing; and Physical Planning and Finance and Economic Planning, respectively.

Education County Executive Mr Christopher Khaemba will now hold two dockets, taking over as an interim executive for the Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development docket, while Public Service Management executive Mrs Mercy Kamau will also juggle two jobs as the interim Health Services executive.

“I have left the position because I am busy somewhere else, let the county get new blood because I may not be adding value at the moment. When you finish with one job you move to another,” Mr King’ondu said.


Mr Gakuo did not answer his phone or respond to our message seeking comment.

The changes come after Dr Kidero held a day-long review meeting on Monday for an 18-month evaluation of the executives’ performance.

Dr Kidero confirmed the exit of the two in the county’s official social media outlets, stating that they had resigned from their respective positions in the county government.

“The changes within my Executive Committee leadership will ensure optimisation and acceleration of service provision to Nairobians,” he said.

He blamed lack of funds and the huge debts inherited from the defunct City Council for crippling the county’s capacity to deliver services.

He, however, pledged to find a way to resolve the debt so that money generated from the county would go into development projects rather than servicing the debts.

According to the governor, a search for people to fill the vacant positions was under way and appointments to the positions will be taken to the county assembly for vetting.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero addresses journalists at City Hall in Nairobi on the February 17, 2014.  PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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