Nairobi’s health docket will remain vacant as Dr Stella Bosire rejected Governor Mike Sonko’s nomination for the CEC position.
Bosire is a highly accomplished medic and is a former CEO of the Kenya Medical Association. Other positions she has held include former vice chairperson at the HIV Aids Tribunal of Kenya, ex-manager at Avenue Healthcare Group, former manager at the Ministry of Medical Services.
Bosire, who was set to appear before the Nairobi County Assembly Committee on Appointments, failed to appear for vetting on Monday.
Nairobi Acting County Assembly Speaker Chege Mwaura said that Bosire never submitted her papers as required for vetting purposes. “We assumed she was not interested with the position because she never presented her papers to the committee,” Chege said.
Bosire has studied global health policy at the University of London and has an MBA in healthcare management from Strathmore University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in medicine from UoN.
Bosire was among five females nominated by Sonko in January to fill vacant positions in his Cabinet.
Bosire said that there were some factors that needed to be addressed before she could take up the nomination offer.
She listed Sonko’s abrasive leadership style, lack of respect for professionalism, lack of integrity and sensationalisation of issues.
She also wanted certain issues such as accountability and transparency in resource allocation and utilisation, political commitment and nepotism at the county addressed. “Unfortunately, it has come to that but I will serve Kenyans in other places,” Bosire said.
Bosire has been working as the Medical Superintendent at Kiambu Hospital.
Sonko said he will nominate someone else to fill the vacancy.
“Bosire was referred to me by one of my confidants as I wanted a woman well grounded in health matters. However, I will nominate somebody else. These things are normal and they do happen,” Sonko said.
Lands Executive Charles Kerich has been in acting capacity in the docket since September when Sonko suspended Vesca Kagongo who was also in acting capacity in the docket.