Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has directed the County’s assumption of office committee to slash the cost of his swearing-in ceremony by five times.
This is according to the committee's chairman and County Secretary Francis Thoya, who says Mr Joho wants the ceremony to be brief and at a minimal cost to the taxpayer.
“Initially the committee was looking at a maximum of Sh15 million but the governor has given instructions that the budget should be cut down. The budget that has been approved is Sh3 million,” he said Thursday.
Mr Thoya said the governor will be sworn in at Mama Ngina Drive gardens on Tuesday next week at a ceremony “that will take no more than two hours.”
Mr Joho has joined a bandwagon that includes Nairobi Governor elect Mike Mbuvi and Kitui's Charity Ngilu who have moved to publicly reject lavish swearing-in ceremonies.
“There will be no fanfare of any sort. The swearing-in will take place between 10 a.m. and midday after which people will go back to work,” Mr Thoya said during an interview in his office today.
Mr Mbuvi declined Sh25 million set aside for his inauguration, saying the funds should instead be channelled to paying county workers.
Ms Ngilu on the other hand rejected Sh6 million meant for the event, adding that she only required a Bible at her ceremony.