Winners and losers of state jobs in coast


01 May 2015 | by By Nana Beat
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Winners and losers of state jobs in coast

Mombasa county politicians who recently defected from the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) to the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) are losers in the 302 new appointments in government by President Uhuru Kenyatta......

Mombasa county politicians who recently defected from the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) to the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) are losers in the 302 new appointments in government by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Former environment assistant minister Ramadhan Kajembe and loser in the 2013 Mombasa gubernatorial election Mr Suleiman Shahbal were in a silent scramble for the post of board chairman at Kenya Ports Authority [KPA] after the exit of immediate former chairperson Danson Mungatana but instead the president appointed former Cabinet Minister Marsden Madoka for the position. 

The government has transformed 79 state corporations  in the country.   Kajembe and Shahbal were seen as front runners for the KPA top position after the government declined to renew Mr Mungatana‚Äôs contract the government failed to renew his contract but they were left were ignored. Mungatana took over from then chairman Shukri Baramadi ten months before his contract expired through appointment gazette notice. The head of state decided to appoint Madoka to serve as KPA board chairman for a period of three years  to end intensified underground lobbying. The appointments were made through a special issue of the Kenya Gazette. Mungatana was conspicuously absent at the  celebrations to mark the attainment of one million containers handled at the port on December 31 last year as his term had just expired. The celebrations were graced by suspended  Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael  Kamau, his Principal Secretary Nduva Muli and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho at the Mombasa container terminal. In the latest appointments,Mr Faisal Abbas got demoted as he was appointed a board of trustees of the Policy Compensation Fund. Mr Abbas is the immediate chairman of the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). He had swapped roles with then chairman Simon Gicharu after President Kenyatta moved to quell boardroom wars at the Geothermal Development Company (GDC).

Former Matuga MP Suleiman Kamolleh became a major beneficiary in the new appointments after he was named Coast Development Authority [CDA] chairman. Kamolleh will serve the board for a period of three years. The fate of his predecessor Martin Tsuma is unknown. The former lawmaker has come back to the  political limelight after he had lost the seat to  to embattled Chirau Ali Mwakwere who is ambassador to Tanzania.

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