Nyamira governor John Nyagarama has effected changes in finance docket after four years. For four years, Nyagarama has trusted an unqualified chief officer and an executive member to serve in the offices as administrators of the county finances. According to the public finance management Act, anyone who should be appointed to serve as an accounting officer at the finance and planning docket has to be a certified public accountant with a university degree coupled with experience in finance management. According to a circular that was released by county secretary James Ntabo, Dominic Barare and John Omanwa will take up the chief officer and executive member positions respectively. Christine Ogechi, an administrator by profession has been the acting chief officer in the docket for the last three months and she will hand over to Barare who was elevated from the position of finance director. Ogechi took over from Edward Ondigi whose contract ended in April after serving for close to four years and she will be an accounting officer at the department of public administration. Ondigi is an agricultural specialist while Barare is a Certified Public Accountant(CPA-K).
Omanwa on the other hand will take over from Peter Omwansa who has served for the last three years at the position as a finance executive and he is among the pioneer ministers in Nyagarama’s governance from 2013. Omwansa is considered one of Nyagarama’s trustees while Omanwa who will succeed him is a CPA-K. However, critics of Nyagarama argue that the reshuffles were meant to seal loopholes of financial management in his government as he prepares to hang his political boots. Nyagarama said that by bringing Omanwa into the finance docket for the third time was a clear indication that there was some information that he wanted to hide and conceal from the public and investigators.