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New city executives sworn in

Nairobi Cabinet is now complete after Mr Evans Ondieki and Mr Christopher Khaemba were sworn in on Thursday as Cabinet Secretaries.

Mr Ondieki takes up the Public works, Road and Transport docket, while Mr Khaemba becomes the executive Committee member in charge of Youth, Children, Culture and Social affairs.

They fill the voids left after the County Assembly unanimously turned down appointments of Mr Eric Mokua and John Kennedy Wanyama. The two were accused of canvassing for the jobs.

Mr Ondieki promised to introduce a city commuter service to ease transport.

“I will introduce Nairobi City Bus service to supplement PSVs from individuals and private sectors,” Mr Ondieki said in his acceptance speech shortly after being sworn in by the County Secretary Lilian Ndegwa.

Mr Khaemba, on his part, said he will work with the youths to find ways of addressing their challenges.

Prior to their appointments, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment John Gakuo was taking care of the Roads portfolio, while Agriculture Secretary Ann Lekidor took charge of  Education.

Governor Evans Kidero said the move now frees him to fully embark on his supervisory role.

“At times I had to step in and make some of the decisions which should be a preserve of cabinet members, weighing me down but with substantive ministers, I can now concentrate my energy to other spheres of management for Nairobi people,” he said

The names were first approved by the Committee on Appointment before they were presented in the floor of the Assembly for final ratification.