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Kidero appoints two new county executives

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has appointed two county executives to the health and agriculture dockets.

The positions fell vacant after the dismissal of the previous holders for alleged under-performance.

The two were sworn in Friday morning with Dr Bernard Muia taking over the health docket and Dr Bernard Mugenyo the Agriculture and Fisheries sector.

They will replace John Gakuo and Timothy Kingondu who were dismissed in October last year.

Dr Muia holds a Master’s degree in International public health from Hebrew University in Jerusalem andhas been a deputy director at the Health Promotion Unit.

He comes into office at a time of unrest in Pumwani Maternity Hospital with nurses on strike over their security among other grievances.

“Probably we haven’t given them as much support as we should and we haven’t been the voice that protects them,” Mr Kidero said during the swearing in ceremony.

“So, I will expect, one- you create an environment where all workers enjoy their work and foster confidence.”

He is also tasked with repairing the county’s health sector especially in the wake of allegations that a couple’s twins were switched at birth with dead babies in Pumwani.

Dr Muia will also be tasked with reconstituting the county health management boards and hospitals’ management boards as well as the revamping of infrastructure.

“We’ve started a very ambitious project of rehabilitating Pumwani and that together with Mutuini (hospital) will be for you to run,” Mr Kidero said.

“And of course, we are going to build Mbagathi to be better than Kenyatta National Hospital and that’s one of your deliverables.”

Dr Mugenyo, who has been Nairobi county director for Veterinary Services under the ministry of Agriculture, was asked to ensure that meat consumed in the city is safe.