On Date: November 15, 2023 – kitui County assembly approved the Mwingi Municipality nominees, the County Assembly has given unanimous approval to the report submitted by the Committee on Appointments regarding the vetting of nominees for the Mwingi Municipality Board.
The decision, made during an afternoon sitting on Wednesday, marks a crucial step towards the establishment and operationalization of the long-awaited Mwingi Municipality.
The report, skillfully presented by Hon. Mathew Vuthi of Chulluni Ward and seconded by Hon. Hussein Mwandia of Ikutha, underwent a thorough debate lasting over two hours. The House ultimately endorsed five out of the seven nominees proposed by H.E. the Governor Dr. Julius Malombe, while rejecting the nominations of Ms. Everlyne Mutheu Kitheka and Ms. Eunice Mwikali Mutua.
The approved members of the Mwingi Municipality Board include Mr. Alex Nzoka Mwanzia, Mr. Roland Mutua Kamotho, Ms. Lydia Mwikali Kitonga, Mr. Mbuvi Musyimi, and Dr. John Kyalo Muthuka. The decision to reject the other two nominees was based on the Committee’s observation that they did not meet the qualifications outlined in Section 14 of the Urban Areas and Cities Act.
Commending the rigorous vetting process, members of the Assembly praised the Appointments Committee chaired by Speaker Hon. Kevin Kinengo Katisya for its meticulous work. They emphasized that the report provides Governor Malombe with a solid foundation for kickstarting the operations of the Mwingi Municipality, a development deemed long overdue by many.
During the debate, members highlighted the potential benefits that the new municipality could garner from various development partners, including the World Bank. They expressed optimism that Mwingi Municipality would now be better positioned to access funds for essential development projects.
Speaker Hon. Katisya, presiding over the afternoon sitting, expressed gratitude to the members for their unanimous approval of the report. He urged the House to expedite the establishment of other municipalities within the county in the near future.
The objective is to facilitate the implementation of more development programs that typically accompany the creation of such municipalities, ultimately benefiting the local communities.
As Mwingi Municipality moves forward with its newly approved board members, anticipation is high for the positive impact this decision will have on the socio-economic development of the region.