become the butt of jokes (no pun intended!) as the country wastes away due to
corruption overseen by those in the highest office in the land.
Despite the billions being wasted daily repaying loans that have benefited a few individuals, Kenyans, on the other hand, are languishing as those entrusted with making their lives better continue looting. The country has become a gangsters’ paradise.
Wambui Kibaki and Her Millions
The first agency that was established by an act of parliament to empower youth is the National Employment Authority which has become a fresh wound for job seekers who never seem to meet the criteria for securing a government job.
Kenyans were up in arms after it became public that President Uhuru
Kenyatta had appointed President Kibaki’s wife, Mary Wambui, as the Authority’s
For a term of three years, Wambui is expected to ensure that jobless Kenyans get opportunities and jobs that can alleviate their suffering.
Wambui, a conservative and controversial millionaire does not need the job in
the sense that she already has more than enough. But why would she take such a position?
That is for the appointee and the appointing authority to explain to Kenyans.
Most other authorities
are led by people whose only merit is being politically connected.
These include the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) whose leadership comprises of Eng Joseph Nakodony Nkadayo as the Chairman with Captain Gilbert Macharia Kibe as the Director-General. Nkadayo succeeded a political reject, Samuel Poghisio, who left the entity in 2017 after serving for 2 years.
The other is Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) whose
disappointing performance could only go to show the incompetence of those
Interestingly, the former long-serving head of civil service Francis Muthaura is the chairman of the tax collector. He was appointed for the position last year.
The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority
(SASRA) non-executive chairman is John Mati Munuve.
political reject serving on the SASRA board is former North Imenti MP Silas Muriuki
Muriuki is a
teacher by profession with specialized training in Special Education.
Tana and Athi River Development Authority
(TARDA) is chaired by
Halima Abdillahi Shaiya who was fired from the Kenya Meat Commission in 2014.
letter presented in court showed that the KMC board was fired for breaching
procurement rules, poor performance and failing to implement directors’
The Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) is
chaired by a relative to President Uhuru Kenyatta Victor R. Pratt. Pratt is the
husband to Christine Wambui Kenyatta, now Kristina Pratt, who is Uhuru’s older
A politician on the board of directors going by the information on the Authority’s website is politician Sammy Koech who is the MP for Konoin.
The National Transport and Safety Authority
(NTSA) is chaired by Lt Gen (Rtd) Jackson Ndungu Waweru. He was appointed
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA)
is chaired by Eng
Erastus Mwongera whose appointment was challenged in court. In the petition by Peter
Tana, Mwongera’s appointment was in gross violation of the rule of law.
that is not suitable to serve in the capacity since he had already served two
terms. The tenure at KeNHA is to end in March 2021.
cannot discharge any official duties as KeNHA Chairperson until the hearing and
determination of the petition.
The National Environment Management Authority
(NEMA) is chaired by John Konchellah but the interesting twist is the
political connections in the authority’s op management.
Rejects serving at NEMA include Agostinho Neto who was the Ndhiwa MP in a
by-election in 2012 and re-elected in 2013.
former Tana River woman representative Halima Ware Duri also serves as a board
In March this
year, the Kerio Valley Development
Authority (KVDA) board appointments caused an uproar since the maximum
number of 10 appointees was surpassed by 3 members.
The board is
chaired by former MP Jackson Kiptanui.
And the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is chaired
by another political appointee Retired Joseph R.E Kibwana.
was the first Navy officer to occupy the office of the Chief of General Staff, oversaw
the transition of power from President Daniel Moi to President Mwai Kibaki
after the 2002 election.
has a chequered career having been among the first of 10 African officers and
servicemen recruited to the Navy in 1964.
The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is
chaired by Isaac Awuondo.
KAA announced the departure of its Managing Director/CEO Jonny Andersen,
effective September 30, 2019.
has been with the KAA since November 2016 opted not to renew his contract which
was due to expire on November 21st 2019,” said a statement from the Authority.
Ndegwa is the Chairman of the Capital
Markets Authority (CMA). Coming from among Kenya’s wealthiest families, his
seat at the table is reserved.
Muthaura’s son Paul Murithi is the CEO. He was appointed on April 22, 2016 with
the call backdated to January 2, 2016.
He is expected
to leave CMA at the end of this year after serving for seven-and-a-half years.
Out of the 14
Authorities in Kenya, most of them have politicians who have lost in elections
appointed as board members or chairs.
In a country
where a majority of the youth are wasting away despite their academic
qualifications, consecutive governments have consistently sidelined the youth
in favour of the politically connected.
President Kibaki gave the youths a considerate treatment when he opened the
system for youth self-employment. Kibaki’s time saw the country register the
highest number of the motorbike industry jobs.
It is at this
time that boda bodas became part and parcel of the Kenyan society.
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