Suleiman Shabhal among politicians rewarded with state jobs by President Uhuru

Suleiman Shabhal and Najib balala together with other Mombasa Jubilee parties addressing the press in Mombasa. PHOTO: HILLARY MAKOKHA.

Nairobi, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta has made appointments for several positions in state corporations with some political allies finally breathing a sigh of relief and getting a soft landing after getting some of the positions.

In the special Kenya Gazette notice dated 6/6/2018 125 names appear of new parastatal heads and board members.

A couple of leaders from the Coast region that lost their seats and/or vied unsuccessfully for various elective posts have been rewarded in the new appointments.

Mombasa Governor aspirant who vied on a jubilee ticket and lost during the last general elections Suleiman Shabhal, has been appointed Chairperson of the Kenya Trade Network Agency.

Former Kwale women Representative Zainab Chidzuga will serve as a board member in the National Irrigation Board while former Mombasa Women representative aspirant on a Jubilee ticket Amina Abdalla is appointed as a member, Coast Development Authority Board.

Former Isiolo Governor Doyo Godana has been appointed the Non-Executive Chairperson, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital Board while former Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi is appointed to be the Non-Executive Chairperson of the Agricultural Development Corporation Board.

Augustino Neto serves as board member, National Environmental Management Authority and also appointed are former Migori MP Charles Owino who will serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of South Nyanza Sugar Company.

Former president Mwai Kibaki’s daughter Judy Kibaki will serve as a board member, Kenya Investment Authority.

Retired Generals Joseph Kibwana and Julius Karangi have been appointed as Chairperson of the Kenya Ports Authority and Non-Executive Chairperson and a trustee of the National Social Security Fund respectively.

Lilian Mahiri Zaja who was the former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice Chairperson will now serve as a commissioner at the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

In the spirit of the handshake allies of the president’s political rival and opposition leader Raila Odinga also got state jobs.

Caroli Omondi Raila’s former chief of staff was appointed as a board member at the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.