A critical look at the list of new appointments show an interesting face of Nyanza showing up yet again in kenya government bureaucracy.
This is the face of the Kisii community. In what is purely a ploy to wrestle the political control of the Gusii from the opposition ODM through Ford People to Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP), President Uhuru’s three out of four Nyanza appointments are members of the Abagussi community.
This cache is led by establishment lawyers known for pro-government litigation and includes children of Gusii maestro and former powerful minister and civil service head Simeon Nyachae.
Nyachae’s two children, Jude Nyachae andÂ Kenneth Bitange Nyachae readily bagged the appointments. Bitange has been appointed to the board Â of Export Processing Zone. Better known older brother and CIC Chair Charles Nyachae is said to be keen on joining elective politics in 2017, again via President Uhuru’s new JAP Party.
Gershom Otachi becomes Chairman of multi-billion shilling Geothermal Development Corporation (GDC) whose ex-chair and MD Samuel Simiyu was ousted.
Kennedy Ogeto, another top Gusii lawyer, has been appointed to be a member of the anti-money laundering board. Gladys Kerubo Maingi joins National Standards Board while Hon. Dr Robert Monda heads to Accreditation Board.
Goreti Nyariki and Otwani Justus have been appointed to rural electrification while former minister Henry Obwocha bags chairmanship of Privatization Commission. Samuel Nyanchama Maugo will sit at the board of Rural Electrfication while James Mageto heads to Sony Sugar also as board member.
Omingo Magara moves from centre for multi-party democracy to the chair of Kenyatta International Convention Centre, a national government tourism parastatal.
Already, President Uhuru had appointed Fred Matiang’i, a long serving advisor and official of Ford People to his cabinet, becoming only one of the two cabinet secretaries from the larger Nyanza, the other being Defence CS Rachel Omamo whose father, Odongo Omamo also served variously in the government of President Moi and Jomo Kenyatta.
A recent survey indicated indicated that the Kisii are oversubscribed in civil service appointments by 0.9% while the Luo undersubscribed by 7%.Â The Kikuyu have 15% more than their population share.Â The Kalenjin are holding 2% above their population share.Â Conversely, the Luhyas occupy 5% less than their population share.
The Kambas are currently less by 2%.Â The Luos are currently less by 7%.Â The Kisii are oversubscribed in the public service by 0.9% . The Merus are oversubscribed by 1.6%.Â The Mijikenda are less by 1.4%.Â Somali undersubscribed by 2%.Â Maasai less by 0.7%.Â Turkana undersubscribed by 1.6%