Mambo Yabadilika Hitmaker, Hellena Ken lands Kitui minister job

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A past photo of Hellena Ken during vetting as Kitui county minister for Sports, Youth, Tourism and culture. (Photo -File)

Reknown Kamba Gospel Singer Hellena Ken popularly known for her song Mambo Yabadilika has been appointed Minister of Tourism, Youth Development, Sports and Culture in Kitui County.

Hellena Kisilu Kitheka known to many as Hellena Ken was among nominees appointed by Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu for vetting by Kitui county assembly and was approved Friday among other nominees.

The motion on the adoption of the approval report which was tabled by Majority leader Peter Kilonzo and seconded by minority leader Alex Nganga was well supported by MCAs who seemed satisfied with the nominees.

“On 16th November 2020, Pursuant to Article 179 of the Constitution, 2010 as read together with Section 35 of the County Governments Act, Her Excellency the Governor forwarded to the County Assembly the names of Nominees for the positions of members of the County Executive Committee and the County Attorney as follows, “stated the report

Dr. Winfred Syombua Kitetu is the CECM Health and Sanitation, Stephen Kyalo Maithya CECM Education, ICT, and Vocational Training, Samson Nyamai Masila CECM Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Esther Kilonzi CECM Agriculture, Water and Irrigation, Meshack Kyalo Muthusi CECM Trade, Cooperatives and Investment and Caroline Kaiyu Musango being the County attorney.

In October 2019, Kitui County Assembly gave Ngilu 60 days to hire a health minister as the county did not have one for over 2 years. In 2019, Kitui County Assembly impeached two County Executive Committee members, Rosaita Ngina CECM for Health and Sanitation and Philip Mumo CECM for trade, cooperatives, and investments.

On the 16th of September 2020, the Kitui County assembly burned the midnight oil to remove Kitui County CECM for Infrastructure, Lands, Housing, and Urban Development Jacob Kakundi. This left Ngilu’s cabinet with 3 ministers which has hampered service delivery in the county.

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