President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government may be systematically and silently purging members of the Luo tribe from his government.
It is unclear whether the President himself is aware of this but several names of Luos recommended for appointments, whose names usually are published and publicized in mainstream media to demonstrate ‘exclusivity and regional balance’ end up jobless as the names are removed by either a cabal of officials at the Presidency or at the Government Printer.
A case in point is that of Mr. Biko Ochieng’. He was recently appointed to the National Transport and Safety Authority but had his name replaced with Joseph Gitonga, a relative of a top Office of the President official.
Gitonga’s name is alleged to have been inserted just as the list was being sent to Â the government printer to be gazetted despite never appearing in the list of those appointed.
Several Luo professionals have lost opportunities to work in government as their names get deleted somewhere between the ministries and the government printer where gazettement is done. Of the over 400 appointments recently done, where Ochieng’s name appeared, there were less than ten Luos, yet sources say the number may now be as low as four due to these illegal removals.
The same trend repeats itself when appointing former politicians. Even as President Uhuru recycles politicians from Mt. Kenya who were loyal to President Kibaki, the same has not happened to western Kenya politicians, many who are suffering as society continue to spurn them for supporting an outsider despite being warned of the ‘thanklessness’.
On the face of it, President Uhuru likes to talk of an ‘all inclusive government’ but these manoeuvres make it difficult to believe whether his words are ever dignified enough to be believed.