Ole Lenku lands new job
Former Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph ole Lenku has been rewarded with a parastatal job, as the Jubilee administration dished out jobs to some of its allies ahead of the next polls.
Also, retired politicians and some of those defeated in the last elections have been picked to join boards of key government agencies in the latest appointments published in the Kenya Gazette on Friday.
Mr Lenku, who has been appointed chairman of the SACCO Societies Regulatory Authority, was unceremoniously sacked from the Cabinet in December 2014 following a spate of terrorist attacks and subsequent public pressure to relieve him of the top position.
He was replaced by Maj-Gen (rtd) Joseph Nkaissery, then Kajiado Central MP.
Mr Lenku has been picked by his former Cabinet colleague, Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary (CS) Adan Mohammed, and will serve for three years.
Since his sacking, the former minister has kept a low profile, although earlier this year he indicated he would run for Kajiado County governor on a Jubilee ticket.
A former powerful minister in the Kanu era, Noah Katana Ngala, joins the Kenya National Library Services Board as a member for three years.
Mr Ngala, appointed by Culture CS Hassan Wario, held various Cabinet positions when he was MP for Ganze constituency from 1988 to 2002.
Former Kaiti MP Gideon Ndambuki has also been appointed chairman of the National Hospital Insurance Fund Board of Trustees for three years.
The embattled National Irrigation Board (NIB) has also been disbanded and new members appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Malachy Ekal Imana has been picked as chairman of the board to replace Sammy Letama, who is moving in the same capacity to the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).
The new NIB board members are Hussein Fayo, Bernard Kimani Njoroge, Caroline Gatwiri Mugwongo, Beatrice Mbingi, Edwin Irungu and Lalakipani Kambaki.
Further, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s wife Zahra Bahlewa has been appointed as a member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute to replace Margaret Wawuda Mwakima.
Paula Kahumbu is the new chairman of the National Museums of Kenya Board.
There are also new board members for the Kenya Airports Authority. Mbatia Kimani, William Ole Mayiani and Jerida Bosibori Mbaka have been picked to replace Jacqueline Oyuyo, Isaack Newton Onyango and Kevin Kihara. Mr Kihara has been moved to KEFRI as a board member.