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One of Kenya's youngest speakers Douglas Mbilu wins continental award

African Outstanding Professional’s Award to be held in Tanzania

Makueni County Assembly Speaker Douglas Mbilu with his award in Tanzania

Makueni County Assembly Speaker Douglas Mbilu, has been honored with the African Outstanding Professional's Award.

This announcement was made The Business Executive Group in partnership with Air Tanzania Company Limited and Tanzania Investment & Consultant Group.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel on April 23, 2024, during a special gala event.

The African Outstanding Professional’s Award, now in its third year, recognizes individuals across the continent who have demonstrated exceptional performance, capabilities, and achievements in their respective sectors.

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Speaker Mbilu, one of Kenya's youngest county speakers, has been selected based on an internal assessment conducted by the organizers, which highlights his contributions and accomplishments within the public service sector.

The award ceremony will be preceded by the Pan African Conference, which aims to address various critical topics such as professional conduct, ethics, and the impact of professionals on Africa’s socio-economic growth.

The theme for this year's conference is “Enhancing Professionalism in Africa for Achieving Premium Results.”

The conference will feature discussions and presentations by various world-class professionals and is expected to foster dialogue on improving professional standards across the continent.

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Speaker Mbilu’s award not only recognizes his individual excellence but also places him among a select group of professionals considered pivotal for driving significant development and progress in Africa.

Speaking after picking the award, Mbilu committed to hold the highest standards in the running of the Makueni County Assembly.

"For that remaining three years, we shall undertake our mandate within the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya to ensure that such awards do not go for granted. Now that Makueni has been mention of several occasions since 2013 as the best county that has the best assembly, best governors & best speakers, I think now at the clock of the 15 years of the end of this term, we must demonstrate a difference to the people," he said.

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He has had a successful career in both public service and health sectors.

Speaker Mbilu pursued higher education at the University of Nairobi, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in 2012, followed by a Master of Arts in Project Planning in 2022.

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Mbilu has worked in orthopedics at the Ministry of Health from 2009 to 2013.

His transition from healthcare to administrative roles began in 2013 when he was appointed as the Chief of Staff for the County Government of Makueni, a position he held until 2015.

In 2015, Hon. Mbilu's career took a significant turn as he was appointed as the county minister for Water and Climate Change by former governor Kivutha Kibwana.

His efforts in this role were well recognized, paving the way for his entry into legislative leadership.

Mbilu's political career escalated when he was first elected as the Speaker of the County Assembly of Makueni in 2017.

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He was re-elected for a second term in 2022, to serve until 2027.

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