Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has vindicated President Uhuru Kenyatta in the appointment of Margaret Nyakango to the position of controller of budget (CoB).
This follows an uproar by a section of leaders from Kilifi County who accused the president of shortchanging them after promising to give the post to Stephen Masha who is currently holding the position in an acting capacity.
Masha is also the deputy controller of budget (CoB).
Kingi said the president acted on the results forwarded to him by the interviewing panel that forwarded three names to the president.
Speaking during a press conference, Kingi blamed the panel of sidelining Masha from the post of CoB.
“The president had a lot of confidence in Masha and that’s why he appointed him acting controller of budget for a period of three months. During this period Masha demonstrated that he is capable of handling the office but we were shocked to learn that Masha’s name was not even among the three names forwarded to the president to be considered for the position. This was done by a group of people who have not embraced unity and nationhood but what dictates their decisions is tribal linkages,” said Kingi
The governor who was flanked by Kilifi north MP Owen Baya and several MCAs from Kilifi county assembly urged members of parliament to reject Nyakongo’s nomination so that the process can start afresh.
“Though the president nominated Nyakango, all is not lost. The MPs should reject the nominee. Masha has worked in this office and appointing him means a seamless transition but Nyakongo will have to take time to master the operation of the office. It will also be hard for Masha to work with her,” added Kingi
Kingi also wondered why the panel took too long to forward the names to the president.
“It seems the results of the interviews were cooked because after the interview the panel took very long to forward the names to the president,” he added
On Thursday, Baya and Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire blamed Kenyatta for not keeping his promise.
Baya said the president had made the promise to confirm Masha as the controller of budget after holding the office without any hitches.
Baya said Masha missed the position because leaders from the region do not speak in one voice.
“The president took advantage of our disunity and gave the position to another region. As a region, we do not have the political capital to warrant us get such plum position. We as leaders have never been united in fronting our issues to the president and this has always been our greatest undoing,”
Similar sentiments were shared by Ganze Member of Parliament Teddy Mwambire.
Mwambire said the way the leaders from the region carry themselves politically is the cause for the disrespect.
“When we asked about the change of things we were told that they had to pick a lady so as to balance with the appointment of the Auditor General. This is not the first time we are being short changed. The same happened to Jacinta Mwatela at central bank of Kenya and Stanley Chai at KPA,” said Mwambire
The Ganze MP blamed a section of MPs from the region for playing divide and rule, a trend he said has affected many development projects in the county.
“The President called for a meeting with all coast leaders at statehouse Mombasa. We have some MPs who did not attend and that demonstrated how divided we are. This has made us very vulnerable to manipulation. Some leaders move from office to office to block some projects to certain constituencies on the pretext that leaders from those constituencies do not support their preferred leader. As leaders we have over exposed our disunity and the Mijikenda nation needs to be treated equally,” he added