The Laikipia governor, Ndiritu Muriithi has unveiled a nine member Rumuruti Municipality Management Board.
Muriithi, while unveiling the board at his Nanyuki town office on Wednesday said that their immediate mandate was to ensure the municipal has functional social amenities such as effective sewerage system and well named streets.
The Board that was approved by the assembly last week after a thorough vetting was appointed on March by the Governor.
“There is the work to improve the livestock market as without doubt Rumuruti is the livestock capital of Kenya,” the governor told the members.
However, the board is likely to face some challenges as it does not have a Municipal Manager, offices and equipment, despite the governor saying it should start its operations in two months time.
Rumuruti is the destined headquarters for the County and has so far received Sh.50 million from the Kenya Urban Support Programme, money borrowed by the national government from the World Bank do develop certain urban areas.
Faith Ntarara, a member of the Board said they were ready to work and promised to deliver, adding that they had full support from the county government.
“We are ready to market Rumuruti as a tourist destination, promote livestock market as well as agribusiness and bring on board investors,” noted Ntalala, adding that the Municipality was also the gateway to Samburu County.
Five men and four women were approved to the board, with Muriithi, saying they were picked through a competitive process.
When they were nominated, the County’s Communication Director, Muchiri Gitonga said those required to be nominated by different associations were nominated within the confines of the law.
“It has been ensured that the nominees meet all the statutory and constitutional requirements required to a member of the Rumuruti municipality board. The nomination has followed a rigorous vetting exercise to ensure fairness and regional, gender and ethnic balance,” Gitonga said in a press statement.
Those approved are Faith Ntarara, Richard Kamunya, Issack Sheikh, Agnes Lokoro and David Gikunju. Others are Saul Kipkorir, Rukwaro Kamunya, Peris Kinyua and Patricia Lelegwe.
The governor has previously said his administration plans to relocate to Rumuruti Township from Nanyuki town by the end of the year.
By Martin Munyi