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Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii reshuffles cabinet

Governor Jonathan Bii has reshuffled his cabinet for the first time since taking over in August 2022.

The move is seen as an attempt by analysts to address concerns raised by residents over service delivery.

The changes mainly affected the education and health dockets.

The county boss moved Dr Janet Jepkosgei, the immediate former education executive, to the Lands docket, while Mr Sam Kotut has been transferred to the environment docket.

Dr Abraham Serem has been named the new executive in charge of health, while Mr Antony Sitienei is the education executive.

In the health department, Dr Paul Wangwe was named as the new chief officer in charge of preventive health services while Joyce Sang will be in charge of clinical services as chief officer.

Two weeks ago, residents of Moiben demonstrated against the poor status of the health care in the sub-county.

Dr Kotut had assured the locals that the devolved unit would address their concerns to improve service delivery in health facilities.

Those who retained their positions are; Martha Jeruto (Trade), Edward Sawe (Agriculture), Lucy Ngendo (Youth affairs), Elijah Kosgei (Devolution), Micah Rogony (Finance), and Joseph Kosgei (Roads).

Governor Bii said the changes are expected to improve service delivery in the devolved unit.

The education docket has been in the public spotlight after some parents and students complained about how the Finland-Canada airlift program has been mismanaged.

The education program was initiated by former county boss Jackson Mandago and was meant to airlift students to study abroad. Senator Mandago is already facing charges over the program.

In September, Deputy Governor John Barorot, who chaired a taskforce that looked into issues arising in the program disclosed some of the 46 students were proceeding with their studies in various universities and colleges in Finland.

Governor Bii had assured the public that his administration would work to resolve the matter and ensure that students could continue with their studies.

“We were unsure about the direction the program would take but through the task force, we decided to look into the issues. We feel for the parents and students and we would like to see these students continue with their studies and we are hopeful of finding a solution to the matter,” said the governor in a past interview.

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