A long-serving editor at The STAR newspaper, published by Radio Africa Group (RAG), is set to become the new County Executive Committee (CEC) member (or Minister) in charge of ICT and e-Government services at Nairobi City County.
Charles Kerich, an Editor at The STAR newspaper and head of content at RAG, is among 10 individuals proposed today by Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko to the Nairobi City County Assembly for vetting and approval before they can assume their new roles.
(TOP: Charles Kerich, The STAR who’s been proposed as the new Minister for ICT and e-Government services at Nairobi County. Photo: Twitter).
The letter by the Gov Sonko (attached below), addressed to Beatrice Elachi, the Speaker of the Nairobi City County Assembly, states: “Pursuant to Article 179 2(b) of the Constitution as read together with Section 35(I) a & b of the County Government Act, I hereby submit the names of the following persons for vetting and approval by the County Assembly.”
In August last year, Kerich – who has worked both as a Print and Broadcast journalist, was appointed chairman of the Media Council of Kenya by ICT CS Joe Mucheru, replacing Levi Obonyo.
Once the new members are vetted and approved, Kerich will take over from George Ombua who has held the docket from January last year following a reshuffle which saw previous holder of the office – Anne Lokidor – moved to the Education Youth Sports, Gender Affairs & Culture & Social Services portfolio.
Kerich started his journalist career in 1996 at the now-defunct Kenya Times newspaper before joining Radio Africa Group in late 2000 as the News Editor. He left the group for a 2-year stint between 2006 to 2008 and moved to Royal Media Services as the Associate Editor in charge of Radio before moving back to RAG as the Managing Editor of The STAR newspaper.