Kenyans angered by shocking ethnic bias in Uhuru’s appointments

Joe Mucheru, the ICT cabinet secretary (CS) appointed five board members to the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK). All of them are Kikuyu, same community as the CS himself.

It was the same casa with the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TANATHI), where the four members appointed were all Kikuyu.

Many Kenyans took to social media to vent out their anger at the obvious tribalism.

“Jubilee no longer makes any pretense that it represents the whole of Kenya…what a pity,” said a dismayed lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi.

“The message is home, loud and crystal clear,” said Ainapkoi MP William Chepkut. He did not elaborate.

“It is grand corruption and contravention of Chapter Six of The Constitution of Kenya to appoint 80% of envoys from one ethnic community,” opined Nelson Havi.

But for Nation newspaper, it was all a Jubilee affair. Its story was titled “Uhuru gives ‘Tangatanga’ team’s rivals parastatal jobs.

How state appointments going to one region or community is reduced to the politics of Jubilee factions is a question only that media house can answer.

Interestingly, Mr Kenyatta also appointed the media house’s top editor Mutuma Mathiu to chair a parastatal, the copyright board.

The Standard however, was more bold. The newspaper’s story had the headline “’Kieleweke’ gets a boost as State jobs favour Central”.

“Central Kenya took home more than 50 per cent of the about 80 appointments,” the Standard reported.

Kiambu, it reported, got 16, Nyeri 15, Murang’a 12, Nairobi 13, Meru 8, Kirinyaga 6, Embu 5, and Tharaka Nithi 5.

Uasin Gishu got four, Baringo 5, Elgeyo Marakwet 3, Kericho 1, Bomet 1. Much of the rest of the country was marginalized in the same way or worse than the Rift Valley.

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