FORMER MPs and administrators are expected to make a comeback into the public sector as parastatal bosses. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are expected to announce the new board chairmen and CEOs in the coming days.

The shake-up of the parastatal sector was initiated by a task force led by State House Constitutional Adviser Abdikadir Mohammed that recommended the scrapping of some ministries and reduction of directors.

Former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura is to be named the chairman of the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSET). Muthaura resigned from government after he was charged at the ICC jointly with Uhuru of organising post-election violence.

Former Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director George Muhoho, Uhuru’s uncle, is poised to take over at Kenya Power. Former Kengen CEO Eddy Njoroge is now the informal energy adviser to Uhuru at State House.

Veteran Aldai politician Sammy Choge is likely to be made the new chairman at Kengen. Choge is also the Nandi County chairman for Ruto’s URP party.

Former Isiolo South MP Abdul Bahari is slotted to take over the chairmanship of the National Social Security Fund board. He was an MP in the last Parliament. Former Kikuyu MP Lewis Nguyai, a close Uhuru ally, is likely to become the chairman of the Kenya Leather Authority.

Former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua is to be named the chairman of Kenya Betting and Control Board. Former minister and close Ruto ally, Chirau Mwakwere has been as the chairman of the Kenya Ports Authority. Mwakwere is a key URP figure and the Jubilee point-man at the Coast.

Joe Kibe is set to be the next chairman of the Kenya Pipeline Authority. The President and Deputy President are expected to make further sweeping changes in the parastatal sector by naming more new managing directors and CEOs.

The appointments will need to be approved by the National Assembly before they can be formally gazetted. Last week, Uhuru was forced to revoke the appointment of John Mututho as chairman of Nacada as the National Assembly was not involved. On Thursday Uhuru nominated Muthutho again and it will be up to the National Assembly to accept or reject him.

The Abdikadir-led task force on parastatal reform has set new standards for the recruitment of managers and the structure of State Corporations including reducing the number of directors.

The team has proposed that all board chairmen must at least have a master’s degree and ten years’ experience in a relevant field. To sit on the board as a director, one will need a Bachelor’s degree, be a member of a professional body and to have served in a senior management position for at least six years.

Parastatal CEOs will also require a Master’s degree, be a member of a professional body, have ten years’ experience in a relevant field, and at least five years in senior management. The proposals also bar any person who has worked with a state corporation in the past five years from sitting on its board.

– the-star

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