The recent appointment of Nakuru Trade CEC Dr. Peter Ketyenya to finance docket is a lucid graphic that he is the heartbeat and breath of Governor Lee Kinyanjui and a key player of county’s political and development game.
The Intel from county kitchen cabinet has it that Lee did shuffle that affected Raymond Komen(Education & ICT) and Joseph Kiuna (Finance) wittingly to see the former Kuresoi South MP aspirant hold the lucrative docket.
In the past one year, Ketyenya who has been receiving praises from left, right and centre has been deemed a redeemer who rescued Lee’s administration from the shame of underperformance.
“We are proud of Ketyenya. While he held the Trade, this county received several investors who have seen Nakuru rise to a city status. Through his leadership, Nakuru is now known as a development hub” Simon Njogu said.
In an early show of trust, upon the ouster of Halima Gababa, Lee also tasked him to double Trade and the ministry of Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social services.
The Finance docket handles billions of money both collected as revenue and the allocation channelled from the National Treasury to cater for all devolved functions.
It is for this reason that governors appoint their confidants and persons from their own tribe but Lee has broken the norm and charged the fiddly astute officer.
This is not the first time that Ketyenya is charged with cash post; he has a wealth of experience in finance and development management sectors.
The 41 year-old who holds a PHD, a Masters and two Bachelors Degrees has worked with Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) as the Finance Director and Kenya Forest Services as Deputy Director –Finance.
According to a senior County officer, Ketyenya who started his career way back at National Hospital Insurance Fund and rose through ranks owing to his experience coupled up with assiduousness in his day to day activities.
However, his appointment has elicited comments and opinions from Kuresoi South residents, who see his position as an ideal chance to plan and prepare to take over the area Parliamentary seat.
“Ketyenya is ever hard working; we remember how he transformed our constituency by building a wide-road network while he was at KeRRA. He is the only CEC whose work has been felt at the county and we hope that he will take over Kuresoi leadership” John Kiplangat said.
According to Gilbert Koskei, a political science student at the University of Nairobi, Ketyenya will easily clinch to the parliamentary seat that he lost in party primaries by a thin margin.
“Ketyenya is a budding politician whose star is unstoppable. All eyes are in him to monitor how closeness with Lee will turn into fortune to the county residents” Koskei said