Make recruitment of board members transparent
Even before the storm stirred by Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment of mostly elderly persons to plum government positions subsides, the President has again triggered murmurs of discontent by giving an individual two jobs at ago.Gumato Yatani has been appointed chair of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology council and at the same time a member of the Standards and Quality Infrastructure Reforms task force that will evaluate enforcement of standards at the airports and border points. There is no doubt that Dr. Gumato is qualified for the jobs. ‘Dr’ is not a title for every other Tom, Dick and Harry. It is only bestowed on those who are well-read. This means, by picking Gumato, Uhuru made the right choice. However, despite her good qualifications, the President sent the wrong signal by giving her two jobs. In a country teeming with tens of thousands of highly qualified but unemployed people, giving one person two jobs at ago doesn’t sound right.
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