H.E. Dr. Wahome Gakuru (PhD)

 Governor – Nyeri County

Governor’s Inaugural Speech

Ladies and Gentlemen/Fellow County Men and Women.

I want to start by thanking the Almighty God for giving us this great success. Yes, there is God in heaven and across the hills, valleys and mountains of our County we call Him NGAI WA KIRINYAGA. He is the one who has made this happen. For sure, it’s not by power nor by might but the Spirit of the Living God -NGAI WA NYAATHA.

We are also grateful that we voted almost to the last man to ensure H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and his Deputy H.E William Samoei Ruto got their “TANO TENA.” In deed, our county delivered one of the best voter turnout in the country and all our votes (99%)went to H.E Uhuru and Ruto.

I also want to thank the great people of Nyeri who turned up in large numbers to give us overwhelming support. You spoke clearly and gave us a clear mandate of 73% of all votes that were cast. We shall never take your support for granted.

Fellow county men and women, as we take over leadership of this County, we are well aware that our County is sick and in ICU. We have ended up holding the notorious position 47/47 on matters of development due to incompetence in leadership, perennial fighting between elected leaders, lack of team work, nepotism, afropessism, indiscipline and worst of all corruption. We shall start to deal with these evils right away. For my Deputy and I, we intend to run a clean county government. A clean, transparent and inclusive County. I have never been involved in the theft or misuse of public resources and I don’t intend to start today. You do not have to steal to be successful in life.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my Deputy and I commit to work very closely with leaders at the National and County level in the spirit of team work and unity of purpose. For one, we are a Jubilee County and must ensure that the Jubilee manifesto and the promises by H.E the President are fully implemented in our County.

We must also deliver our County from position 47 to the front of the pack by ensuring that resources get to every single ward and village to bring socio-economic development to our people. This is what devolution was meant to accomplish.  I am, therefore, appealing to every leader in our county to give us support for the sake of development. Campaigns are over. Let us stop unnecessary fights and political chest thumping. It’s all about Nyeri and our God. It is not about me. I am a mere servant of the people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let us now turn to our socio-economic development agenda. We are a truly blessed county with a lot of agricultural potential in tea, coffee, horticulture and milk. We shall move to quickly address the unique challenges our farmers face in each sub-sector. We shall do so through the development appropriate policies, programatic interventions and budgetary allocations so as to substantially improve the yield, quality and prices of agricultural produce. Value addition to the produce will be a major plank of our work in agriculture and will form the basis of our efforts to increase manufacturing activities and, therefore, transform the economic structure of our county.

We shall also be providing greater policy and budgetary support to other important sectors of our economy including Hospitality, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Transport, Information, Communication and Technology.

On the social pillar, our commitment is to deliver acceptable standard of health care, youth and women empowerment, take care of persons living with disability, Early Childhood Development and our vocational training centres.  We shall move to develop the policy, programatic and budgetary interventions in each of these critical areas. In this regard, I am making an appeal to all our nurses to resume work immediately and allow us a fresh start to address the challenges. We shall also be absorbing ECD teachers as well as instructors  of our Vocational Training Centres.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the laws require that 30% of all tenders be allocated to Youth, Women and Persons with Disability. We plan to fully implement this requirement across the County. This will be done in an open and transparent manner, devoid of any corruption.

Finally, we intend to assemble an inclusive management team of CECs, Chief Officers and Directors. These officers will be well trained and experienced men and women of integrity and will be drawn from each sub-county.

Asanteni sana and God bless you , God bless Nyeri County.

Former Governors

 

H.E. Nderitu Gachagua


His Achievements as Governor of Nyeri County

The late James Nderitu Gachagua vied for the position of Governor for Nyeri County on a Grand National Union (GNU) ticket in the 2013 General elections. He won with an overwhelming majority and became the first Governor of Nyeri County. He was highly respected, charismatic and visionary leader and accomplished a lot during his term as Governor of Nyeri County.

One of his most outstanding achievements was in the promotion of agriculture, in which he was particularly committed to the marketing of agricultural products without passing through middlemen. With his background from a coffee growing family and from his experience as chairman of the agricultural committee of the national assembly, he closely understood the plight of coffee farmers.

He is best remembered for his robust drive in launching the pool marketing of coffee by looking for direct external markets and also interesting g buyers to purchase Kenya Coffee directly from the farmers. He has also helped farmers with subsidies of seeds for planting, fertilizers and other inputs. Of very special note, he profoundly supported farmers in their agricultural value addition initiatives. The Mukurweini Wakulima Dairy Society is a key beneficiary of these initiatives.

His other special programme is the fully subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) services, with its twin target of helping improve the livestock breeds and the milk yields in the county.

As Chairman of the agricultural committee of the council of Governors, he helped the Kenyan farmers immensely. In this capacity, he was able to follow up and get the reimbursement of the previously deducted cess dues for tea and coffee farmers. This initiative was greatly boosted by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta when he removed the coffee and tea levies.

The County Government has during his tenure of service made several important contributions to the improvement of the quality o life in Nyeri County. These includes the improvement of roads, construction of markets like the modern Integrated Chaka Market, lighting up of the market centers, initiating the Afya mashinani programme and the extension of domestic water projects throughout the county. He started several social empowerment programmes such as the Elimu Fund Bursary, the BIMA AFYA programme, the Alcoholic Beverages Control programme as well as the Enterprise Fund for Women, the Youth and the Physically challenged persons in the county to boost their businesses.

The County Government of Nyeri won several performance awards during his tenure of office such as being rated by the commission on the implementation of the constitution as the county with the best health services in Kenya in the year 2015/2016.
Governor Gachagua firmly believed in building synergy and cooperation between the County and National Governments. This has helped tremendously to accelerate the pace of development in the County.

The Late Governor Nderitu Gachagua and His Grace archbishop Peter Kairu, the Archbishop of Nyeri Archdiocese, with the support of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, played a leading role in the organization of the historic occasion of the beatification of the Blessed Sister Irene Stefani (Nyaatha) on 24th May 2015. This was a special blessing to the County and the Country which will for long continue to be a source of pride and inspiration to the County.

May the Lord Grant him Eternal Rest.

H.E. Amb. Samuel Githaiga Wamathai


His Achievements as the Second Governor of Nyeri County

The Second Governor of Nyeri County ascended to power after the demise of  the first governor the late James Nderitu Gachagua in accordance to the constitution of Kenya. Before then, H.E Amb. Samuel G. Wamathai had diligently served as the Deputy Governor of Nyeri County. He was the running mate to the late James Nderitu Gachagua who vied  and won the position of Governor of Nyeri County on a Grand National Union (GNU) ticket in the 2013 General elections. H.E Amb. Samuel Wamathai became the first Deputy Governor of Nyeri County. He was able to spearhead the completion of projects started by his predecessor. He also made achievements of his own in the short period he served as the Second Governor.