BY MWAKWAYA RAYMOND MWAKWAYA
Kilifi County government has commissioned two towns of Kilifi and Malindi into municipal status in accordance to the devolution law.
Governor Amason Kingi commissioned the municipalities on Wednesday (August 21) alongside the management boards with the view to improving service delivery.
The governor said the commissioning of the towns was a clear indication that devolution was finding its way to mashinani (grassroots levels).
He called on the selected board members to execute their mandate to the satisfaction of the residents saying no excuse for poor performance would be condoned.
“You have my utmost blessings and support. My government will go all the way to ensure you have a free hand in executing your mandate,” he added.
The inauguration of the two municipalities comes in a wake of public outcry on the growing heaps of garbage that was orchestrated by lack of clear garbage collection strategies.
The governor confirmed that garbage management was still a menace to the county apart from poor drainage system and street lighting.
He challenged the newly sworn in members to come up with ways and solutions on how to deal with the emerging within their jurisdictions.
Industrial judge Geoffrey Katsole is among the Malindi municipal city board members that will be headed by Silas Ngundo as the town manager.
Mr Katsole was seconded by the Association of Professional Societies East Africa while Kilifi municipal will be under the Elias Chipa.
Meanwhile, Mr Kingi has called on the residents to stay indoors during the August 24 and 25 census exercise to ensure they were counted for the county to receive its equitable share of the national cake.
“Currently, Kilifi County stands at 1.3 million people but I believe we are more than that,” he said and directed all subcounty and ward administrators to spread the census message across the region.
Those in attendance were lands energy and urban planning executive member Charles Dadu, agriculture, livestock and fisheries development Luciana Sanzua as well as Rachael Musyoki and Nahida Athman for devolution and trade respectively.