Nine members of the Municipal Board of Kitale, Trans Nzoia, on Thursday took oath office in a ceremony overseen by the Chief Magistrate of the Kitale Law courts Valentine Wandera.
The nine-Martin Waliaula, David Lagat, Festus Mukunda, Peter Chemengich, Shaban Werunga, Ann Tulienge, Alice Waruguru, Susan Ngeria and Patrick Nyongesa-took the oath in the presence of Governor Patrick Khaemba and members of county assembly.
Governor Khaemba challenged the members to brace themselves for a tough task of overseeing the implementation of urban development policies as highlighted within the county’s development integrated plan (CIDP).
“You will also be guided by the Municipal Charter which outlines your functions and other relevant strategic policy documents like the Kitale integrated plan,” he said.
He said the board will be very critical in restoring order and sanity within the Agricultural town to restore its glory in line with the urban areas and Cities amended Act of 2019.
“We want to have a well organised town that is free from congestion and poor planning. We must have a legal framework and the commitment to achieve this,” the county boss said.
The Speaker of the county assembly of Trans Nzoia Joshua Werunga said the inauguration of the board is timely saying it will ensure there is efficient running of affairs within the municipality.
“The board has a role to play in ensuring Kitale town regains the glory it had in the past. We will require your input on what needs to be fixed to restore order,” said Mr. Werunga.
The county assembly’s urban planning committee chairman Alfred Weswa said Kitale Municipality residents have higher expectations with members of the board to steer development.
“All eyes will be on you to ensure the town is well organised and you come up with new policies to ensure the municipality is within the required standards,” said Mr. Weswa.