Kitui governor-elect Charity Ngilu was Monday sworn into office alongside her deputy Dr Wathe Nzau to succeed her rival and Kitui’s pioneer Governor Julius Malombe.
Madam Ngilu, who beat Dr Malombe and Senator David Musila in the just concluded elections, could hardly contain her joy as she took over the mantle of leadership in a colourful ceremony presided over by Justice Pauline Nyamweya at Muslim Secondary School grounds.
Thousands of Kitui residents thronged the venue to bear witness as the former Land CS made history as the first ever elected, female governor in Kitui County as well as the Lower Eastern Kenya.
Malombe was conspicuously missing from the inauguration fete which Mr Musila attended.
The outgoing Governor was, however, represented by the Acting County Secretary Alex Kimanzi who passed the tools of power over to an optimistic Ngilu.
Wiper party leader Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka also graced the event alongside a host of local leaders, including elected members of National and County Assemblies, and the clergy.
The NASA co-principal urged other leaders to support Ngilu in her service for the benefit of the residents.
He said Ms Ngilu inherited a county faced with a myriad of socioeconomic challenges but exuded confidence in her ability to steer Kitui into economic prosperity.
“It won’t be easy but I know my sister Ngilu will do everything within her capacity to stamp out poverty in our county and uplift the lives of our people,” said the former Vice President.
Senator Musila, who has since conceded defeat and vowed to support Ngilu’s administration, reiterated his confidence that Kitui was in safe hands citing that he and Ngilu stood for similar development ideologies.
On her part, Governor Ngilu assured Kitui people that her administration will at once get down to business to seek solutions to their problems in a bid to fight poverty and spur Kitui’s socioeconomic growth.
Notable leaders also present were incoming Senator Enoch Kiio Wambua, Kitui Central MP Makali Mulu, Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), outgoing Kitui East MP Mutua Muluvi, Kitui women rep Dr Irene Kasalu and her predecessor Nyiva Mwendwa, among others.