While many Kenyans elected as leaders in the just ended general elections are enlarging their pockets to fill up with public funds, a new breed of county governors are setting a new pace in leadership style and conscience in the country. These governors have refused to spend much needed public money on lavish inaugurations.
Top among these is Kitui County Governor-elect Charity Ngilu who has no doubt that all she needs for her swearing-in ceremony is a bible and a venue for the occasion. The County had planned to spend some Shs6 million.
Nairobi’s Mike Sonko has also rejected the Sh25 million set aside for his inauguration and directed that the funds to be used to pay county’s employees salary arrears.
Sonko made the decision after meeting members of the Kenya County Governments Workers Union to avert a possible strike that employees had called for over non-payment of their salaries.
“We had a fruitful discussion with the union and it was agreed that workers must be paid before I assume office,” he said.
Shs6 Million Budget
Charity Ngilu told the committee in Kitui County to redirect the Sh6 million budget towards provision of water to needy residents.
“All we need on that day is a Bible and a venue and it certainly does not cost Sh6 million. It makes no sense to use that amount of money on a one-day event while thousands of people are suffering due to water scarcity. Let us be sensitive to the poor in all our actions,” she told the committee.
Other counties with governors-elect spending minimum money on the occasion include Embu, where the county government intends to spend Sh3.5 million for Martin Wambora’s swearing at Embu Stadium.
In Laikipia, governor-elect Ndiritu Muriithi has directed the committee to organise a simple and cost effective ceremony.
“I want a simple, cost-effective ceremony. Be guided accordingly,” he told the committee members.
We hope that other Governors-elect will follow suit.