By Mourice Seretta
Amos Nyaribo has been sworn in as Nyamira Governor on Tuesday.
Nyaribo was deputy to John Obiero Nyagarama who died on December 1 in what is said was Covid-19 complications.
Until his entry into elective politics, the Deputy Governor who is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree worked in Government and non-State organizations in senior managerial positions.
Prior to the 2013 elections, Nyaribo had made up his mind to vie against Nyagarama on an Amani National Congress ticket but changed his mind and became Nyagarama’s running mate.
Nyaribo who is in his early 60s is a man whose intolerance of corruption has seen him on more than three occasions sound alarm even from within the county.
He also did not spare his boss on several occasions as he differed with him on how he was running the agricultural county.
“We cannot sit and watch as public resources are squandered by people who should be arrested and prosecuted. There are thieves within the County who should be disciplined and the Governor knows this but no action so far,” he was quoted as saying in 2019.
After his swearing-in, he will be inheriting a deeply divided government with those deemed to be against him being the majority, especially in the county cabinet.
After ascending to the reigns, the first move for the deputy governor will be to harmonize the polarized Cabinet which has half of its 10 members staying in office, courtesy of a court order.
Nyagarama had sacked five who immediately sought court protection, and were reinstated and ordered to serve until 2022 when the governor’s term ends.