Cyprian Awiti Biography
Cyprian Awiti was born on 14th December 1952 in Rachuonyo Sub County, Homa Bay County, in the western part of Kenya. He is a Kenyan politician and currently the Governor for Homabay county. He is a member of Orange Democratic Movement and a coalition member of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy.
Cyprian Awiti Education Background
1984- 1987: Graduate student at Manchester University, Master of Education in Management Administration
Undergraduate student at Mombasa Technical Training Institute, Electrical Engineering.
Secondary school student at Mawego Technical Institute
Primary school student at Mawego Primary School in Rachuonyo.
Cyprian Awiti Career
1993- 2010: Country Director at Marie Stopes Kenya (he spearheaded development and Implementation of various health policies)
1988- 1994: Principal at Railway Training School (he nurtured successful engineers)
1983- 1988: Senior Education Officer, in the Ministry of Education, Jogoo house.
1980- 1983: Factory and Marketing Manager of Siemens Kenya
Senior lecturer at M0mbasa Polytechnic
Government Electrical Inspector, Kenya’s Ministry of Public Works
Cyprian Awiti Leadership Roles
Cyprian Awiti has developed his leadership traits for a long time in his life: Through his commitment in his work, he was entrusted by various organizations and served the people, honorably, in the following capacities;
- Honorable Treasurer, Kenya Medical Training College (K.M.T.C).
- Chairman, Board of Governors, Kisumu National Polytechnic.
- Chairman, Board of Governors Mawego Girls High School & Oluti Mixed Secondary School.
- Board Member, Health NGOs Network (HENNET).
- Member, Human Resource Management, UK.
- Chairman, Rachuonyo District Health Management Team.
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Cyprian Awiti – Grilled over 30M office repairs
Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti was Tuesday put to task to explain why he used over Sh30 million to renovate his office a few days after being sworn in.
Cyprian Awiti was asked to explain why two allocations were made for the refurbishment of his office.
Mr Cyprian Awiti faced the Senate’s Committee on County Public Accounts chaired by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale on Tuesday at Parliament Buildings.
The senators also queried the restricted tendering process for the governor’s office renovations.
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According to the Auditor-General, the Homa Bay county government spent Sh11.8 million for the “renovation of the governors’ office” through a tender given through restrictive process.
The county government spent another Sh19 million for the “alteration and extension of the governor’s office.”
The governor was also questioned on why he bought furniture worth Sh13 million for the county executives two months after taking over office.
The governor was accompanied by the County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe and Chief Finance Officer Evans Abeka.
In his defence, Mr Cyprian Awiti said he was forced to sanction restrictive tenders because he did not have time to do an open tender.
“The time was very short for us to do an open tender. We had many chief officers who were coming into office and we required to furnish their offices as fast as possible. An open tender requires about two months to complete that is why we opted for a restrictive one,” said Mr Awiti.
The senators however, were not satisfied with the explanation and demanded evidence to show the bids for the jobs.
“Restrictive tendering should be sparingly applied…the documents we have appear to have been doctored. The receipts we have differ. The governor should explain the discrepancy in the documents given us,” said Dr Khalwale.
The lawmakers said restrictive tendering can be easily abused and requires an authorising letter from Public Procurement Oversight Authority.
West-Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo wondered why the county was in a rush to spend money.
Why was there a rush to use the money? Even if it was towards the end of the financial year, there was no need to rush because the unused money could still have been rolled into the following year,” said Prof Lonyangapuo.
Source: Daily Nation