Uhuru disgusts Kenyans with appointment of KRA top boss: Here’s why

James Githii Mburu has been appointed by National Treasury Cabinet Henry Rotich to replace John Njiraini as the next Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General.

Mburu is currently the KRA Intelligence and Strategic Operations Commissioner.

According to a gazette notice dated July 4, Mburu will serve for a period of three years effective July 1, 2019.

He was among five candidates who were shortlisted for the position that attracted 30 Kenyans.

They include; Julius Waita Mwatu, Richard Buru Ndung’u, Andrew Kazora Okello and Duncan Otieno Onduru.

Prior to his appointment, Kenyans had already speculated linking tribal reasons and his alleged background in intelligence as an head start.


Uhuru has been seen to entrust key jobs to former military and intelligence as he shapes his legacy of war on corruption.

The President, it appears, believes the military discipline and the knowledge and insight of intelligence officers could help him deliver.

Here is why Kenyans believe Mburu had a “headstart”:

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Last week, activist Okiya Omtatah moved to court on Wednesday to challenge his shortlisting.

Omtatah wants the court to issue a conservatory order suspending the shortlisting of Mburu as a candidate for appointment as the Commissioner General of KRA  pending the hearing and determination of the application.

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In the court documents, Omtatah warns that unless the application is urgently heard and determined, the people of Kenya will suffer great loss and damage in the very likely event that the violations of rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution are not stopped.

“The court to issue a temporary order of prohibition, prohibiting KRA whether by themselves, or any of their employees or agents or any person claiming to act under their authority from proceeding to give effect, in any way whatsoever, to the decision to shortlist Mburu as a candidate for appointment as KRA Commissioner General,” said Omtatah.

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