Following his appointment and subsequent swearing in as Lamu’s new CECM for Trade, Tourism and Industrialization, Hon. Josphat Musembi today officially took over the position from his predecessor CECM Hon. Fahima Arafat.

Hon.Fahima had successfully steered the department in acting capacity for two years.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony held at KPA in Lamu Island, CECM Fahima thanked Governor Fahim Twaha for giving her the opportunity to serve at the department for the past two years.

“I would want to attribute the Departmental success to the Chief Officer and all other departmental members for their support and commitment towards efficient service delivery,” said CECM Fahima. She further appealed to the departmental staff to accord their new CECM full support, in a post-COVID-19 phase.

CECM Hon. Musembi expressed his gratitude to Governor Fahim Yassin Twaha, for bestowing confidence and trust in him and his abilities to serve the people of Lamu.

Hon. Musembi noted that he is aware of the demanding responsibilities ahead at the Department of Trade, Tourism and Industrialization and assured the staff and people of Lamu that he is committed and ready to hit the ground running and turn the page as quickly as is possible.

“Our tourism opportunities are world-beating and historically acclaimed while our trade and industrial opportunities are naturally endowed and immense. With this team of professionals we will take Lamu to its rightful place as a number one tourism destination in Kenya, preferred by both domestic and foreign tourists,” said Hon. Musembi.

Lamu County Municipal Manager Omar Famau who was also present welcomed the new CECM and promised to ensure Lamu tourism agenda shall remain in tandem with the Municipality development agenda.

Also in attendance was Chief Officer Mr. Atwaa Salim, Departmental Directors among other staff.


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