, KISUMU, Kenya Jan 30 – Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma on Friday sacked five County Executive Members and merged some ministries to improve service delivery for the residents.
Those affected by the changes are Stephen Orot (Agriculture), Barrack Abonyo (Water), Vincent Kodera (Roads) and Omulo Okal (Finance).
Ranguma has in the meantime appointed Philip Obade to take charge of Agriculture docket; Johnson Odero will now lead the Industrialization while Michael Otieno will be at the helm of the newly created ICT docket.
William Oweke and George Onyanga are to head the Water and Finance portfolios respectively.
He explained that the sacked members had exhibited lack of team work that threatened to derail his ambitious plans to offer quality service to the people of Kisumu.
Addressing a press conference in his office, the Kisumu Governor said he has been forced to make changes in the structure of his government to achieve desired efficiency and effectiveness.
He said he has identified people who are ready to work and contribute to the vision of the county.
Ranguma said he has the mandate of the people of Kisumu to ensure they receive the desired services thus the need to make the changes.
The Kisumu County Executive arm has in the recent past been rocked by a myriad of challenges with his deputy Ruth Odinga overruling some of the decisions made towards the running of the county.
Outgoing Roads executive Vincent Kodera said he will challenge his dismissal in court.
Kodera said he is a professional and questioned the incompetence tag Ranguma has used to drop him.
He termed the Governor’s remarks as ‘defamation and will taint his name as a professional engineer.’
Addressing news conference in Kisumu, Kodera says he will also be demanding salary for the remaining period he was to serve as the executive member.
He said would not want to return and serve in the county government.