Tribal Appointments In Kenya: A Reflection Of Kibaki’s Ethnic Bias?

Observations by one Dr. Job Obonyo in cyberspace reflect President Kibaki’s three pillars;

(a) TRIBALISM (ethnic favoritism & nepotism),

(b) ETHNOCENTRIC RESOURCE ACCUMULATION by all means (i.e. systematic corruption and irregular public assets acquisitions) and

(c) a SYCOPHANCY-BASED system of unbounded politics which ensures that party loyalty is transient. The bitter truth – Kibaki is perpetrating extreme tribalism with a bid to promote an ethnic agenda most uninhibited strategically in: FINANCE, EDUCATION and INTERNAL SECURITY, favoring the Mt. Kenya Region—Gikuyu, Meru, Embu (GEMA now called MEGA).

FINANCE MINISTRY (Controls Finance, Banking, & Economy in general): Minister – Amos Kimunya – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister- Peter Kenneth – Kikuyu; Permanent Secretary – Joseph Kinyua – Kikuyu; Economic Secretary – Kamau Thuge – Kikuyu; Pensions Secretary – Anne Mugo – Kikuyu; Budgetary Director -P.B. Ngugi -Kikuyu; ERD Director – Kenneth Mwangi -Kikuyu; D/Finance Secretary – Mwirichia -Meru

CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA: Governor- Prof. Ndung’u – Kikuyu (newly appointed); Dep. Governor – John Gikonyo -Kikuyu

CONSOLIDATED BANK OF KENYA: Chairman – Phillip Njuki – Kikuyu; Chief Executive Officer – David Wachira – Kikuyu. 


1. Commisssioner General: Michael Waweru – Kikuyu
2. Board Secretary: Mrs Ng’ang’a – Kikuyu
3. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr. Joseph Nduati -Kikuyu
4. Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Enforcement: Mr. Namu Nguru – (GEMA)
5. Deputy Commissioner, Administration: Mr. Karimi – Meru
6. Deputy Commissioner Procurement: Ms. Murichu – Kikuyu
7. Commissioner Customs: Mrs. Wambui Namu – Kikuyu
8. Senior Deputy Commissioner (Customs): Ms. Githinji – Kikuyu
9. Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement (Customs): Mr Maina – Kikuyu
10. Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Ms Wachira-Kikuyu
11. Commissioner Domestic Taxes (LTO)- Mr Njiraini – Kikuyu
12. Deputy Commissioner: Mrs. Mwangi – Kikuyu
13. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Finance: Mrs. King’ori – Kikuyu
14. Senior Assistant Commissioner, Security: Major Kariuki – Kikuyu
15. Senior Deputy Commissioner, Southern Region: Wagachira – Kikuyu

Non-GEMA top employees were sacked in 2006. Search in archives (5/8/2006) or

CAPITAL MARKETS AUTHORITY: Board Chair – Chege Waruingi -Kikuyu; CEO – Edward N’talami – Meru; DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: Chief Procurement Officers – 23 out of 36 first appointees are all from GEMA. The rest of Kenya = the remaining 13 (out of the 36).

KENYA RE-INSURANCE CO.: Chairman of Board – Nelius Kariuki – Kikuyu; Chief Executive Officer – Johnson Githaka – Kikuyu; Financial controller – John Kinyua – Kikuyu (The latter two were just recently sacked for grand corruption.)

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION: Minister – Prof George Saitoti – Kikuyu
Asst. Minister(s) – Beth Mugo – Kikuyu
Kilemi Mwiria – Meru
Permanent Secretary – Karega Mutahi – Kikuyu
Director Basic Education – Mary Njoroge -Kikuyu
Director City Education – Margaret Thiong’o- Kikuyu

Kenya Institute of Education (KIE): Director – Gabriel Muita -Kikuyu; Higher Education Loans Board (HELB): Chairman – H.M. Kimura -Kikuyu. Commission for Higher Education (CHE): Head of scholarships/credentialing: Snr. Asst. Commissioner- George Njine -Kikuyu; Head of Administration (Asst. Comm) – Margaret Kobia – Meru

MINISTRY OF INTERNAL SECURITY & PROV. ADM: Minister- John Michuki – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister – Peter Munya – Meru; Permanent Secretary – Cyrus Gituai – Kikuyu; the Director of National Security Intelligence Service – Brig. Michael Gichangi – Kikuyu; CID Director – Simon Gatiba Karanja- Kikuyu; AP Commandant – K. Mbugua – Kikuyu; GSU Commandant – Mathew Iteere –Gema; Deputy & Asst. Commissioners of Police – majority – Kikuyu. Note: Munya replaced the late Asst. Minister Mirugi Kariuki and Mirugi’s son replaced his father as the MP of Nakuru Town. President Kibaki campaigned for Mirugi’s son to win the seat.

Provincial Commissioners (PCs) 3 out of 8: Nairobi – J. Waweru – Kikuyu; Coast – Earnest Munyi – Kikuyu; NEP – Kiritu Wamae – Kikuyu. District Commisssioners: 38 out of 71 are GEMA with most concentrated in: Rift Valley (19); Eastern (8); Coast & Western (3 each).

MINISTRY OF DEFENSE: Commander-in-Chief (All Armed Forces) -President Mwai Kibaki – Kikuyu; Minister – Njenga Karume – Kikuyu; Asst. Minister – none; Permanent Secretary – Zachary Mwaura – Kikuyu; Army Commandant – Lt. Gen. Augustine Njoroge – Kikuyu; Dep. Air Force Commandant – Maj. Gen. Jackson Waweru – Kikuyu.

During recent visits to Nyayo House and Jogoo House in Nairobi, Job was left literally speechless. The corridors brazenly expressed this explicit ethnic favoritism through the names displayed on door exteriors. As he entered some offices, he was ushered in with greetings in deep vernacular lyrics. According to him, Kibaki has taken us decades back into the dark ages and we must all fight to build a better and inclusive nation for all our children’s future.

Edited by Jared Odero

Source: Kenya News In Swahili