Spotlight on President Uhuru Kenyatta's appointments, revocation and sacking -Kenya Ferry Service Board members

President Uhuru Kenyatta|Image Courtesy

Three days after the car containing bodies of Likon ferry tragedy victims was retrieved from the Indian Ocean, President Uhuru Kenyatta has revoked the appointment of the Kenya Ferry Service board members, as published in the gazette notice dated October 16.

The sacked members are David Mwazo (Chairperson), Daula Omar, Naima Amir, Phillip Ndolo and Rosina Nasigha Mruttu.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed David Mwazo in July this year, as KFS board chair and two months down the line, Mwazo's ouster is in the public helm, following the Likon ferry tragedy that saw a mother and daughter lose life.

What went wrong at the management of KFS is the fact that someone is and was sleeping, following the accident, since it happened in August to the point of finding bodies in October.

Dan Mwazo

Chairperson Mwazo was spotted at the seen and at every press briefing, but his neck was not enough to servive the president's axe.

Before landind the two-month term at KFS, Mwazo had failed to secure a gubernatorial seat on Jubilee Party docket in 2017, after ditching Raila Odinga's ODM party.

In 2013, he was a member of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), backing up ODM leader Raila Odinga for presidency.

Mr. Mwazo has served Voi as a Member of Parliament, and served as a tourism minister in the grant-coalition government.

His political life detoriated when he left his Taita Taveta County senatorial seat, competing with Governor Granton Sampoja in the gubernatorial race.

The ferry tragedy comes at a critical time, two month after Mwazo was appointed, following police investigations into the accident.

The other KFS board members are barely seven years in office, from their appointment period to the time of incident.

Ms Omar and Ms Amir were appointed in June last year while Ms Mruttu in November, 2015.

The number of those grilled by police is increasing, as many anticipate further axe. So far, the coxswain of the ill-fated MV Harambee Amos Bushuru, two private security guards, and two other top officials at KFS have been questioned.

The tragedy befell Ms.Mariam Kighenda and daughter, Amanda Mutheu, who died when their vehicle slid off the prow of mv Harambee midstream, drowning into the ocean.


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