Eng. Njeri Mburu Gatabaki.
Eng. Njeri Mburu is the first Kiambu County Executive Member for Roads, Transport, Public Works and Utilities (Energy and fire and rescue).
The department deals with County infrastructure, planning and maintenance taking up the second highest budget of over 10% of the County allocation.
Among the key achievements realized under her watch is the coming up with an effective organizational structure system and procedures to deliver on the mandate of the department.
Under her leadership the department has been able to develop a sector strategic plan, several policy documents now at the draft stage including: disaster management and response policy, Public works policy, Fleet management policy, renewable energy policy, clean energy Policy and the draft roads bill 2016.
Since 2013, the department has constructed over 2000KMs of rural access roads, opened over 600KMs of new roads, over 25 motorable bridges, boda boda shades and bus parks thus improving access and mobility in the rural areas. This has had a high impact on the economic and social well being of the County residents.
It is within this period that the cost of constructing rural gravel roads has gone down from 5M to 1.1M per KM.
The 49 year old has successfully supervised reconstruction of the 15KM Ndumberi - Githunguri rd to bituminous standards, feedback from area Matatu owners is that they are able to save Kshs.10,000 per month amounting to 24M annually.
The department is promoting sustainable modes of transport including Non Motorized Transport (NMT) and Public transport. To this effect we have developed an urban mobility plan for Ruiru town with a target of constructing 50KMs of NMT by 2018 in all urban towns.
As a member of the steering committee for the Nairobi Metropolitan Transport Authority she has initiated a mutual working relationship with the Public Transport Sector through regular consultative meetings.
She is spearheading the development of a renewable energy master plan for the County aimed at promoting uptake of renewable energy, reduction of green house gas emissions and efficient use of available energy.
During her tenure she has overseen the reduction of street lighting bill by 43% since taking office.
With a 24 hour emergency response time, the department has constructed three world class fire stations which are now almost complete. Seven of our fire stations operate 24/7 with an emergency response time of below 15 minutes targeting less than 10 minutes.
As the chair of the County disaster management and response team, she is leading a team to develop a disaster management policy.
She has pioneered the setting of standards and capacity building for the department with about 260 members of staff. She has led to the establishment of a quality assurance policy and a committee to ensure accountability in all County projects.
The quality assurance team monitors all construction works to ensure compliance with specifications of quantity, quality and value for money.
Eng. Njeri Mburu is a Civil Engineer with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Nairobi, she is registered with The Board of Engineers of Kenya and a full Member of Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK).
In addition to that, she is an Associate member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), also holding a license as a Water Consultant by the Ministry of Water &Irrigation.
With over 20 years experience in Civil Engineering practice, she has worked with City Council of Nairobi (CCN), Water &Sewerage Department from 1990 to 2003 rising from position of Assistant Engineer II to Deputy Area Manager, Nairobi Dam Division.
During this time she gained immeasurable experience in projects design, tender documentation, construction supervision and contract administration under FIDIC.
As the Deputy Area Manager, she was charged with the responsibility of provision of water and sewerage services to areas including Kibera, Kawangware, Kilimani, Lavington, Dagoretti, Langata, Westlands and Central Business District (CBD), whilst overseeing a workforce of 250 staff members and gaining practical hands-on experience into design, construction supervision and Contract administration of major Civil Engineering projects.
Engineer Njeri later joined the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) in August 2005 and was responsible for overseeing technical audits and forensic investigations relating to public infrastructure projects including roads, water & sewerage, buildings, dams and airports.
As a Senior Officer/Manager and Team Leader she managed teams of up to 32 professionals and over the years gained additional experiences in strategic planning, preparation of Directorate annual budgets and annual reporting for the Commission.
Working at the Commission has exposed her to public intricacies of the Government and public Corporations as well as public procurement procedures.
While at the Commission she was exposed to Public procurement and finance, leadership and integrity among others.