Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has expressed optimism that the region would land plum State appointments in the ongoing cabinet restructuring.
On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta dropped 13 faces that featured in his first term in office. He retained only six Cabinet Secretaries and nominated three fresh others.
Nakuru has been regarded as a political hotbed and in the recent past emerging among the top counties to have voted in the ruling government en masse.
Also, the county has an unmatched record of not producing a cabinet minister, save for independence hero Ochieng’ Oneko, the independence minister for Information, Broadcasting and Tourism
The flamingo county has only secured meagre assistant ministers posts; Mr Koigi Wa Wamwere – Information, the late Mirugi Kariuki- Internal Security, the late Mark Mwithaga- Tourism and Wildlife, Ms Alice Chelaite -Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services and Mr Lee Kinyanjui – Roads.
“We believe the long history of marginalization on top appointments for our county will finally come to an end,” stated Governor Lee in a statement to media houses.
He said elected leaders would continue to lobby for more slots as the County had qualified citizens to discharge duties on the national platform.
In an earlier interview, Senator Susan Kihika reiterated that Nakuru had remained loyal to the UhuRuto government and had always and in a unique way expressed it through the ballot, consequently getting a low deal.
“We are not demanding for the posts but it’s our sincere prayer that President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto pick one of our own to the national stable. We have been in the cold for long,” pleaded the Senate Majority Chief Whip.
Former Information Assistant minister Kaigi wa Wamwere blamed local leaders for perennial failure to lobby for posts.
“Some areas which failed to vote for Jubilee have as many as four people appointed while Nakuru has none,” said Koigi in a past media interview.
While congratulating his predecessor, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua on his appointment as State House Comptroller, Governor Lee wished him wisdom and courage to discharge his duties effectively.
“This is a substantial appointment that will be greatly appreciated by the people of Nakuru, where he served for the last five years,” stated Governor Lee
In view of the ongoing reorganization, State House Spokesperson Mr Manoah Esipisu said Cabinet Secretaries currently in office remain so, as instructed in a memorandum from the Head of Public Service in December 2017, until otherwise advised.
“In the coming days, His Excellency the President will complete the task of assembling the team to serve in his second term of office, guided by merit, integrity, commitment to service, and in terms of the Constitution,” stated Mr Esipisu
Parastatal heads, ambassadors and high commissioners, commissioners among others are top State jobs on offer.