Kakamega County Assembly has approved names of eleven members to the newly formed Kakamega and Mumias municipalities with each municipality having a board comprising of six members.
The two boards will be in charge of the management of the two municipalities for the next three years.
The report by the appointments committee, which recommended the approval of all the nominees was tabled by the committee’s acting chairperson, Hon. Phaustine Welimo during a special sitting presided over by the Speaker, Hon. Morris Buluma on Wednesday morning.
While seconding the report, Hon. Willis Opuka said the composition of the two boards meets the requirement of two thirds gender rule and that the nominees are highly qualified.
The appointments committee vetted the nominees to be members of the Kakamega Municipality Board namely: Col. (rtd) Job Akhulia (Chairperson) and members – Mr. L’lanziva Meshack, Mrs. Keziah Muchelule, Ms. Amina Makokha and Ms. Catherine Bulinda.
Mr. Sammy Obingo was nominated to be the chairperson of the Mumias Municipality board and will work with the following members: Mr. Joshua Lutomia, Mr. Bonface Makhandia, Ms. Grace Namayi, Mr. James Wanzala and Mr. Iddi Mwaka.
While debating, the county legislators said they have faith in the two teams and called for better public service delivery.
The leader Majority, Hon. Joel Ongoro, applauded the move by the county government to upgrade Kakamega and Mumias to acquire municipalities status saying this will pave the way for the growth of other towns like Khayega and Malava.
“Honourable members, we should give opportunity to the nominees to serve our county because they are technocrats with vast experience in the management of public affairs,”Hon. Charles Nandwa said.
Hon. Jason Lutomia said the nominees are natives who understand their respective municipalities, an advantage that will enable them to plan and manage well the two municipalities.
The Assembly approved the formation of the two town boards giving them autonomous powers.
The World Bank has funded the County Government of Kakamega close to Kshs. 400 million for infrastructural development in the two municipalities.