Amos Wako, Chris Okemo Appointed to County Jobs

Former Busia Senator Amos Wako and former Finance Minister Chris Okemo have been appointed to various jobs in the County Government of Busia by Governor Paul Otuoma.

In a Gazette Notice dated Friday, the duo was appointed to the Busia County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) alongside nine other individuals.

Wako and Okemo will represent the elderly and the business community respectively. 

“In exercise of the powers and executive authority conferred by section 137 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012, I, Paul Nyongesa Otuoma, Governor, of Busia County, appoint the following persons to be members of Busia County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) representing professionals, the business community, labour issues, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly and faith-based groups in Busia County,” read the notice in part.

Busia Governor Paul Otuoma speaking at President William Ruto’s interdenominational church service in Busia County on August 27, 2023.


Paul Otuoma

Maurice Langiri, James Nyongesa, Patricia Okello, Benedette Muyomi, Dickson Mrade, and Bertha Okoyo were also selected as members of the Busia County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF). 

Others are Stephen Ojiambo, Roselyne Amunyelet, and Dennis Awori. 

The team was tasked with formulating and analysing matters regarding the county’s economy and finances.

It will also advise Otuoma’s administration on ways to improve the productivity of the key sectors of the country’s economy, such as agriculture.

Wako served as the Attorney General between 1991 to 2011. Githu Muigai succeeded him after he ventured into politics and won the Busia Senate Seat, serving from 2013 to 2022.

The former AG did not vie for any seat in the 2022 polls but was part of the Azimio campaigners in the Western region.

Conversely, Okemo served as former Finance Minister between 1999 and 2001, but a scandal marred his legacy. In 2010, alongside former Kenya Power CEO Samuel Gichuru, Okemo was charged with misappropriating Ksh1.5 billion through government tenders.

The duo were wanted in New Jersey, UK, to answer to charges of accepting bribes from foreign companies that partnered with Kenya Power between 1999 and 2001.

However, a plan to extradite the two suffered a setback after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions failed to adduce evidence to illustrate why Okemo ought to have been flown to the UK to answer to the charges. Gichuru was also alleged to have fallen ill, deterring his extradition. 

Former Finance Minister Chris Okemo (file) and former KPLC boss Samuel Gichuru at Milimani Law Courts in 2012.



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