Ruth Jemutai Chelashaw. PHOTO|COURTESY
Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago, is set to appoint the youngest Chief Officer to the Powerful docket of Lands & Housing. The County Assembly yesterday approved her nomination thus paving way for the appointment.
Ruth Jemutai Chelashaw, a Lawyer by Profession, is currently a State Counsel at the Office of the Attorney General and department of Justice under the National Government.
Chemu as commonly referred to, is also a Certified Public Secretary (CPS-K) holder and an Associate Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
A County Chief Officer is equivalent to a Permanent Secretary in a Ministry at the National level. And when she assumes Office, Mrs. Chelashaw shall play an Administrative role at the Lands & Housing Department, as well as Formulation and Implementation of Policies in line with Vision 2030, among other roles.
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The County Department of Lands & Housing requires an Energetic, Visionary and Learned Person to handle the enormous day to day challenges associated with the department. The new C.O being youthful, she has the energy and being a lawyer, she has the legal knowledge necessary to handle the position. As an arbitrator, the incoming C.O shall be in a position to offer valid advise where need be, in addressing the emerging land disputes.
Chemu takes over this position at a crucial time in our country, when attaining affordable Housing is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agendas, as he serves his final term as President.
Uasin Gishu County is one among the pilot counties across the country, that the National Government will help develop the first 2000 modern housing Units to achieve the President’s Agenda.
Sources say Governor Mandago desires for fresh blood at the Lands Department so as to ensure Creativity and Sanity in line with the National Government’s Big4 Agendas. And this could only be found in a youth.
Governor Mandago has been keen with women empowerment and affirmative action. This is notable in the appointment of his cabinet.