Seven officials have been appointed to the Iten Municipality Board in Elgeyo Marakwet county and sworn in a ceremony presided over by a magistrate in Iten Town.
The members approved by the County Assembly after being nominated by the Governor included an Architect Joseph Maswan, a Surveyor Robert Kilimo, Businesswoman Ms.Lilian Chesire and former MCA Rose Jerop Kimoe.
Others are Iten based businessman Kimutai Chemitei Boss, Lecturer Michael Chesikari and Kenneth Kemboi, all of whom were sworn in by Senior Resident Magistrate Ms. Caroline Ateya.
The ceremony was presided over by the Deputy Governor H.E. Wisely Rotich on behalf of the Governor. Others present were County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut, County CECs Abraham Barsosio (Environment), Edwin Kisang (Education) alongside Members of the County Assembly’s Environment, Water and Physical Planning Committee.
The Governor, in a speech read by Mr Rotich declared the board officially inaugurated the officials and challenged them to assist the County develop Iten to a mini city status.
The County has received Ksh 89 Million World Bank grant for undertaking infrastructural developments in the Municipality which include improvement of parking lots, improvement of roads within the township to bitumen standards and rehabilitation of Iten recreational park.
Other activities to be carried out thereafter would include improvement of markets, walkways, fire and disaster management, buspark and waste management among others.
Speaking after the ceremony, the new board members appreciated Governor Tolgos for their respective appointments and said they were going to leverage on their expertise and experience to make Iten attractive for business and investment.
They thanked the World Bank for the support saying it would greatly boost the limited resource envelope to Elgeyo Marakwet County that has made it difficult in the past to allocate a specific allocation for Iten and other towns which are under County level projects.