Kenya: Garissa Governor Nathif picks professionals to run county
Nathif Jama Adam, Garissa Governor
By ABDIKADIR SUGOW
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama Adam has unveiled a 10-member county cabinet which he promises will usher in development in North Eastern region.
The lineup is composed of professionals from diverse backgrounds.
“I urge the residents of Garissa County, to give the new cabinet, the first under the devolved system of governance, maximum support so that they can deliver to your expectations as we steer our county to an era of prosperity,” Mr Nathif appealed when he released the list of nominees in Garissa on Monday.
He acknowledged that not all the 35 clans in Garissacould be accommodated in the county cabinet, but emphasised that the nominees reflect the county’s diversity.
The nominees were picked in line with the law based on gender and clan balance, with the minorities catered for. Academic qualifications, experience, skills and constituency/regional balance were considered in the appointments.
All the new appointees will be subjected to vetting by the county assembly and approved within seven days as stipulated in the Constitution.
“I urge county assembly members to support my new administration so that we can undertake our responsibilities with, diligence, vigour and utmost commitment to the needs and expectations of our people,” the governor told county leaders.
Nominees for Garissa County cabinet include environmentalist Salah Yakub Farah, who will take charge of environment, forestry and tourism and Mukhtar Bulale who will manage health, water services and sanitation. Idriss Aden Mukhtar will be in charge of finance and economic planning and Hussein Hajir Hassan will take care of education, youth polytechnics and sports.
Hajir Mohamed Dahiye will be responsible for the commerce and cooperatives development docket, Ahmed Aden Hire land, housing development and e-government and renowned women rights activist Hubbia Hussein will head the agriculture, livestock and fisheries ministry.
Educationist Halima Mohamed Haji will be responsible for the crucial children affairs, social welfare and women empowerment, Sophia Sheikh Omar will coordinate culture and inter-community affairs and Abdihakim S. Dayib will be tasked with the infrastructure and public works portfolio, once they are approved after vetting.
The governor also appointed Mohamed Abdi Shalle as a director to oversee planning and development.