By Maureen Odiwuor
Kisumu, Kenya: Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has finally unveiled his team of executive members that includes four politicians
The governor released the list of 10 cabinet members and two directors who will assist him in developing the county’s economy under the devolved government system.
Rhoda Ahonobadha, Vincent Kodera and Dr Rose Kisia lost in the ODM nominations that were held in March, ahead of the March 4 polls.
Omulo Okal who in 2007 contested for the Muhoroni parliamentary seat and did not make it has been nominated as the executive member of County Treasury.
Omulo is a holder of Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the United States International University, with an MBA in Banking and Finance from Moi University.
For over 25 years, he has developed skills in financial management, strategic marketing and planning.
Omulo is currently the Western Kenya Regional Manager at Family Bank and has previously held senior management position in the finance and banking sector at Cooperative and Diamond Trust Banks.
Ahonobadha who was among Ranguma’s competitors for the gubernatorial seat in the recently concluded general elections has been nominated as the Executive Member for Environment.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master of Science in Animal Production. She has held the position of Deputy National Chairperson of Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK).
Kodera who was nominated for the Executive Member for Physical Planning and Development is an Infrastructural and Technology Engineer and CEO of span Engineering Company.
He has previously worked as Project engineer with Industrial Plant East Africa Ltd, site manager at Kenya Breweries Ltd and Project Manager at Nile Breweries Ltd in Uganda.
Dr Kisia who recently vied for women representative post in the county has been nominated as the Executive member of Commerce, Tourism and Heritage.
She is a holder of PhD in Management (Tourism) from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and MBA from University of Whales, UK and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Nairobi.
Prof Barrack Abonyo currently serving as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Florida A&M University College was nominated for Water, Energy and Natural resources.
Deputy Chief Pharmacist in Kenya Elizabeth Ominde will serve as the Health services Executive member, while Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (WIFIP)’s Executive Director Jenifer Kere will be the member for Education, Youth, Culture and Social services.
Dr Stephen Orot who has risen to be a senior Assistant Director of Veterinary Services has been nominated as the Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Public works.
Hanif Rana who has vast experience in ICT was nominated to the industrialisation, Enterprise, Development and Transport docket.
Lorna Omuodo, an expert in renewable energy will be director of the same in the governor’s office as Meshack Nyabenge directs matters of resource management