Kenyans on Twitter are crying foul over the ethnic composition of a three-member Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Board.
Mary Waithiegeni Chege, Zacharia Karenge Mungai, and Ronald Ndirangu Ndegwa were appointed by Transport CS James Macharia through a Gazette Notice dated Feb., 5.
Macharia is also the Chairperson of Nairobi Metropolitan Area Council.
The appointee’s ethnicity that has triggered online protests. The trio is Kikuyu, Kenya’s largest tribe and who hold the lion’s share of public appointments.
“This is a stinking tribalism in a country where inclusivity is a constitutional ideal,” says Homa Bay town MP Peter Kaluma. “A Minister who makes such appointments should be nowhere around public service.”
Kaluma says he “will bring a motion to remove James Macharia from office if he is not sacked!”
The call for sacking is echoed by Nairobi lawyer Donald Kipkorir. “Don’t understand why EACC hasn’t charged him with making the Ministry a preserve of his tribe,” writes Kipkorir on Twitter.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Board was created by President Uhuru Kenyatta to mordernise public transport in the city. The board members were appointed for a period of three years.