Kakamega County Assembly Committees on Public Service and County Administration, and that on Finance and Economic Planning on Friday vetted persons nominated for appointment to the position of Chief Officer Public Service and County Administration, and Finance respectively.
Dr. Dominic Chungani Muteshi, was nominated to the position of Chief Officer for Public Service and County Administration.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Muteshi was the Director of Human Resource at Kakamega County Government, a position he held since January, 2018.
He has worked before in Human Resource departments in various institutions including; College of Insurance, West Kenya Sugar Factory, Sacco Society Regulatory Authority and KK Security.
Dr. Muteshi holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi, Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from the same institution, Master’s degree in Business Administration (financial management & higher control) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from India.
Speaking before the vetting committee, Dr. Muteshi assured the panel that having served as a Director and with immense experience in strategic management, he was suitable to serve as the Chief Officer in the county public service ministry.
He promised to uphold the rights for the People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) and Gender issues on appointments and promotions if he is considered.
Ambassador James Ochami was the nominee to the position of Chief Officer Finance where he has been acting for the last few months, a position that was initially held by Mr. John Lucheli Imbogo.
Imbogo was moved to the minute of Social Services, Youth, Sports and Culture in the same capacity.
Ambassador Ochami joined the County government in 2018 after being brought on board by The Governor to set up a delivery unit, a move he says has helped the county government to monitor and evaluate projects.
He said as a result this strategy has helped improve the absorption rate, which has gone upto 70% for the last 11 months despite the Covid-19 surge.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Ochami was working in Rwanda as a lead consultant for Government-Owned companies.
An alumni of St. Peter’s Mumias and Maseno School, he has served as a Kenyan Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR), a Managing Director at the Industrial Development Bank, Head of Internal Audit at Housing Finance Company, Assistant Chief Internal Auditor and Chief Internal Auditor at Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) and an Accountant at Harambee Sacco.
Ambassador Ochami is currently pursuing PhD in Corporate Finance. He has a Master’s degree in Strategic Management from Moi university, a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (1st Class Honors).
In addition he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with various governance courses.
The nominee promised to deliver his best and adhere to professionalism and constitution of Kenya while executing his mandated if approved.
Reports on vetting the nominees will be tabled in the House next week for deliberation.