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Otuoma reshuffles cabinet, appoints 7 chief officers

Lands, Housing and Urban Development department will from August 7 have a new chief officer as Mercy Imo leaves Public Service Management to join Lands.

Ahmed Hafoe (Transport, Roads and Public Works), Susan Outa (Health and Sanitation) Timothy Odende (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Climate Change, Blue Economy and Agribusiness) and Saviour Panyako (Sports and Culture) will retain their positions in their respective dockets.

Panyako, however, will have added duties since he also over-see operations for the Creative Arts directorate which has been domiciled under him.

Also moved among chief officers is Kennedy Mbaja who leaves the Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives department to join the Public Service Management department in the same capacity.

Solomon Abwaku who was Otuoma’s running mate during the 2017 general elections will take over duties at the office of the governor as chief officer, replacing Mwaro.

Other appointments made by the governor include Ahmed Hafoe who has been picked as county secretary. Odende will deputise Hafoe. Both will serve in their positions in an acting capacity.

The chief of staff title, according to the new appointments goes to Vincent Mutanda while re-known journalist Emmanuel Juma is the new Director in charge of the Governor’s press.

Peter Bwire will be the governor’s special aide.


Otuoma, at the same time appointed seven new chief officers.

Those appointed include Wilberforce Lusamba (Health and Sanitation), Kelly Wafula (Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Climate Change, Blue Economy and Agribusiness), Esau Onyapidi (Trade, Investment, Cooperatives, SME’s Energy and Tourism Promotion) and Vincent Wanjala (Water Irrigation and Natural Resources).

Another joining the county workforce as a chief officer is Dennis Ngira (Sports, Culture and Social Services). He will be assisted in the same department by Pascilisa Okoth.

Douglas Okiring has been nominated for the position of CeC ICT, Sustainable Development Goals, Gender Mainstreaming and Economic Revitalisation. He will be vetted by the county assembly before assuming office.

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