Mr. Daniel Chitwa
Mr. Daniel Chitwa is an advocate professionally, who before being elected speaker was running his own firm, DC Chitwa and Advocates Firm at Mbale. He attended University of Nairobi for Bachelors of Law degree. He was the chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya, Kakamega Chapter where he was elected by lawyers from Vihiga, Butere/Mumias and Kakamega counties before his current stature.
Message: The County Assembly is one of the key bodies of the County Government. Its leadership is made up of: The Speaker, Leader of Majority, Leader of Minority, Deputy Speaker and the Chief Whips. One of the basic roles of the County Assembly is legislation. So far two Bills have been tabled in the house which are: The County Symbols and Vihiga County Government Administration Bills. The assembly is also actively involved in the oversight role. It is important to note that so far, the County Assembly and the Office of Governor are working cordially for the benefit of the county without any scuffles.
We have committees that have been set up and are tasked with engaging the relevant authorities where necessary. In as much as we represent the views of the people, our uniqueness lies in our engaging the public on every matter that crops up in the assembly. We want the people to feel as being part of the leadership of the county through participatory method.
The Vihiga County Assembly can boast of many things that it has achieved in the few months that it has been in existence. We have approved the Public Service Board and the County Executive Committee where some counties are still vetting yet we finished ours in May. We were also in time approving the budget for the county so that we could not miss out on revenue. We have also engaged in training of the county representatives in matters of legislation, oversight, conducting business in the house and those of committees.
Currently, debates are of high calibre because the assembly has literate members who know their role. I boast as one of the few speakers of county assemblies who have the highest number of graduates.
The County Assembly has made strides in partnering with other bodies and has so far made a personal MOU with USAID to help in capacity building of the members.
We have been approached by various development partners who will like to invest back home, through the county assembly, but we are liaising with the governor to take up the opportunities. Some of the development partners who have approached us are from South Africa and will engage the youth in development activities in the next five years.
Another unique feature of the County Assembly is that we don’t have many members of the government side, with the governor’s party having only a single representative. The leader of Majority and Minority both do not belong to the Governor’s party, but we have given them the mandate to engage the governor direct for matters of concern.
Mr. Daniel Chitwa
Speaker of the County Assembly