Three journalists have been appointed to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s executive.
In the appointments made on Wednesday, K24 senior reporter Joab Mwaura was named as the director of the Governor’s Press Service taking over from former radio personality Walter Mong’are alias Nyambane who headed the communications department under former governor Evans Kidero.
Mwaura, who came to fame with his Mgaagaa Na Upwa programme on Citizen TV before he was poached by Mediamax Network Ltd to join K24 TV, will be deputised by Royal Media Services news editor (radio) Richard Bosire.
People Daily reporter Sarah Ndung’u was tapped to fill the position of Media Liaison Officer. She is a veteran journalist who has covered many beats for the People Daily, including City Hall and the courts.
Governor Sonko, also named former Town Clerk John Gakuo as an advisor on Urban Planning, Environment and Urban Renewal.
Gakuo, who served as a county executive committee member under Kidero before they fell out, is ranked highly for transforming the city with regard to cleanliness and order during his tenure as Town Clerk.
The appointment of the three journalists two weeks after Sonko nominated Radio Africa Group Chief Editor Charles Kerich as the CEC in charge of ICT and E-Government and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Head of Radio Operations Larry Wambua as CEC (Devolution, Public Service and Administration).
They will be vetted on Monday after the exercise was rescheduled to allow for scrutiny of public memoranda submitted on the 10 executive committee nominees.
In the latest hirings, Peter Musembi was named Chief of Staff, Alphonce Mutinda as Legal Advisor, Abel Onchari the political advisor while Anthony Otieno as Communication advisor.
The governor has also established a social media department to be headed by John Mwangi. The department is set to have eight staff members tasked to inform the county residents on the development
agenda and the performance of his administration.
– Additional reporting by People Daily.