Taufiq Balala moved as Joho reappoints four CECs

Former Mombasa county Transport and Infrastructure CEC Taufiq Balala who has been reappointed as the water,natural resources and sanitation CEC PHOTO COURTESY

Former Mombasa county Transport and infrastructure county executive  Taufiq Balala is set to take over the water, sanitation and natural resources docket.

This is following an announcement by Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho on Friday that saw Taufiq and three others reappointed in office.

The three are: Mariam Mbaruk who is the Finance CEC, Hazel Koitaba(health ) and Godferry Nyongesa who returns as the environment, waste management and energy CEC.

Hazel and Taufiq have served with Joho since his first term alongside Fatma Awale, the former water CEC whom Taufiq is set to replace.

Mombasa county has been operating without a cabinet after the CECs were forced to leave office after their contracts expired in November.

The county executives were hired on 12th November 2017 and their contracts indicated that they were supposed to serve for two years.

New faces who graced the cabinet when he took over his second term incude: Fawz Rashid(Trade and tourism),Kelvin Munywako Kyalo(Youth and Sports), Godfery Nato(environment),Seth Odongo( Devolution),Edwin Nyale(Lands) Hassan Mwamtoa(Fisheries) and Mariam Abdullahi Mbaruk( Finance).

Reports had indicated that Joho had asked four Cecs to return to office last week sparking condemnation from the county assembly who felt sidelined as the CECs had not been vetted.

Joho has recently come under heavy criticism over his delayed appointment of CECs and Chief officers with some MCAs arguing that the move was crippling some operations in the county.

“It amounts to a violation of the Constitution if the governor fails to fill positions in time. It can be grounds for impeachment by MCAs,” Mombasa lawyer Yusuf Abubakar had said.