, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 17- Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua was sworn into office Thursday, marking the beginning of another 5-year-term.
In an event held at Kenyatta Stadium within Machakos town, Mutua promised to serve the County residents, “diligently promising to spear head development in what he called Super Maendeleo Chap Chap.”
The Governor was sworn to office by Lady Justice Lilian Mutende.
He is among the first Governors to take oath of office following the just concluded polls.
Mutua trounced his closest rival Wavinya Ndeti of Wiper party who has vowed to challenge his re-election in court.
“I have to admit that this was not an easy contest. It was a competition between real development liberation and the dark forces of sycophancy and politics of poverty that have made Africa the poorest continent and the laughing stock of the rest of the world,” the Governor said.
“I stand here today so proud of my people of Machakos who have shown that they value their lives and cannot be easily swayed. Our challenges are many and I promise to tackle them.”
His main focus, Mutua said will be to create job opportunities, enhance access to water for the residents, improve County roads, electricity connectivity and quality education.
“Elections are behind us and like a majority of us; I believe that Kenyans want stability and peace. We must, therefore, endeavour to work together and reason together.
“Those who lost, life goes on. Ms. Wavinya Ndeti, a leader in her own right, even though, she was just a pawn in a larger chaos game, she is still my sister,” the County Chief said.
Mandera Governor Ali Roba was also inaugurated on Thursday.
Jackson Mandago, Martin Wambora, Mwangi Wa Iria, Joseph Ole Lenku, Paul Chepkowny and Onesmus Njuki will be sworn in on Friday.
Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko and Granton Samboja of Taita Taveta will be sworn in on Monday next week followed by Hassan Joho and Charity Ngilu on Tuesday.