Joshua Irungu Biography
Joshua Irungu was born on 2nd February 1970. He is a Kenyan politician and the governor of Laikipia county. He is a member of The National Alliance and a coalition member of Jubilee Alliance. His was elected alongside Josphat Gitonga Kabugi as the deputy governor.
Joshua Irungu Education Background
Masters degree in Agriculture and Rural Development
Bachelor’s degree in Resource Management
Secondary school student at Maseno School
Joshua Irungu Job History
Between 1999 and 2002: Program Coordinator for SARDEP in Laikipia, a task that saw him co-ordinating and managing the semi-arid lands program in the area.
In total he has over 15 years experience in Community Development programmes in Laikipia County.
Joshua Irungu Mission as a governor
On his agenda is the provision of sufficient water through cost-sharing in construction of cement water tanks, setting up a revolving fund that will facilitate the maintenance of fences in wildlife prone areas and compensate victims of human–wildlife conflict, development of the areas surrounding conservancies and the initiation of youth based development programmes.
Joshua Irungu Career
Up until the year 2000, Joshua Irungu was a civil servant in Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture. He was in charge of Agriculture and Livestock Development officers in charge of Laikipia West and Nyahururu divisions of what was then Laikipia District. He resigned from government and joined USAID, for whom he was in charge of the International Small Group and Tree planting programme(ISGTPP).
Joshua Irungu Family
He is married to Grace Wakahora and they are blessed with four children.
Joshua Irungu probed by Public Accounts and Investments Committee
He was probed by the committee over irregular financial dealings. The Public Accounts and Investments Committee sought to understand the intrigues behind the allocation of over 600 hectares of land, a controversial payment of Sh2 million to a former councillor and the spending of Sh10 million in revenue. The team also demanded to know the present debts and liabilities accrued, inventory of assets, irregular recruitment of staff and contravention of the procurement law in awarding contracts, among other financial anomalies.
Mr Irungu was hard-pressed to explain what action he had taken over the matters raised, especially the allotment of 638 sub-divided hectares on the Kandutura Settlement Scheme, for which a private surveyor purporting to be a Government employee was paid Sh1.7 million.
Irungu, affirming that land is an emotive issue, said he had stopped further allocation of the said plots meant for a slum upgrade and was going to surcharge the surveyor. The governor said the county had over Sh500 million in debt and liability and that Sh2.9 billion was received in allocation and Sh1.8 billion spent on recurrent expenditure. “Most of the debts are on legal fees,” said Irungu. He said the hiring of 24 new staff happened in the transition period contrary to the former Local Government ministry’s directive, which led to the loss of Sh738,760 paid as salaries.
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