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Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Governor James Ongwae has outlined his development agenda in his second term in office

In his address to the 2nd Kisii County Assembly during the official opening on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Ongwae said his development plan will be anchored on a nine point agenda set out in his re-election manifesto.

Governor Ongwae arrived at the Assembly shortly after 2pm and was received by Speaker David Kombo before inspecting a guard of honour mounted by the County Enforcement team.

During his 40 minute address, the Governor stressed the need for the two arms of County Government, to work harmoniously to actualize devolution as envisaged in the constitution since neither of these two arms could function without the other.

"I once again congratulate you on election to the house. The people have bestowed upon us the onerous responsibility of driving the development agenda to actualize their aspirations. Irrespective of our party affiliation, lets work for the people and from my experience, I have learnt that it is wise to promote dialogue rather than squabbling in resolving issues, particularly in matters of public interest," said Ongwae.

Citing Article 176 of the Constitution which establishes 47 County Governments in Kenya comprised of a County Executive and a County Assembly, the Governor reminded honorable members that they were charged with the responsibility of making laws necessary for effective performance of functions outlined in the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution.

"During the first term, many counties got embroiled in wrangles between the two arms of government impeding smooth implementation of development programmes. I thank members of the First Kisii County Assembly for their contribution through legislation and working harmoniously with the County Executive. This is the spirit we must emulate," he added.

The Governor took members through the 16 functions to be discharged by the reorganized County Executive.

"For efficient service delivery, we have split some of the departments to create 16 Divisions to be headed by Chief Officers. This is because we realized that some functions within the 10 departments have not received the necessary attention in terms of resources allocation thus impacting negatively on service delivery," he said.

He announced plans by the County to purchase a new fire engine, five additional refuse collection tractors and trailers and uniforms for enforcement officers.

Deputy Governor Joash Maangi was present during the ceremony.

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