Echesa: The man who became CS without sitting KCPE exam
SEE ALSO: Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa arrestedHis two-page CV listed a “consistent project execution strategy” as among his key skills, alongside people and leadership skills. The issue of Echesa’s razor-thin CV came up during debate on the approval of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha last year, with Suna East MP Junet Mohammed saying Parliament should not waste time debating Prof Magoha’s self-explanatory academic credentials “if we approved Echesa who had only a birth certificate”. “We should not waste time discussing Prof Magoha’s academic achievements. Let us approve him,” Mr Mohammed told the amused MPs. Political links Back in 2018, Echesa told MPs that he abhorred corruption, and one of his first tasks in office would be to clean up sports federations.
SEE ALSO: Former Sports CS Echesa arrestedAnd when it came to the Heritage bit of his docket, “he informed the committee that having close ties with the Nabongo Wanga clan had broadened his understanding of heritage and its implications to culture and social integration”, the House Appointments Committee reported. On his political links, Echesa said he had “participated in co-ordination and mobilisation of votes for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kakamega County and the larger Western region”. “However, I am not affiliated to any political party and I am not a member of any political party,” he wrote in a questionnaire sent to the committee. He was also accused of defrauding a widow, Esther Kabura. She told the vetting panel that Echesa tricked her into surrendering three high-end cars following the death of her husband, Patrick Akifuma, in 2016. “The said Rashid was a close friend of my late husband Patrick Akifuma who died on 14th March 2016 …. When my husband died, Rashid brought me a sack of rice and told me that since my husband was his friend he would like the guests to use it at his funeral. He later told me that my husband’s relatives were scheming to forcibly take my husband’s properties and he, therefore, offered to help me protect the same,” Ms Kabura wrote in her memorandum to the committee.
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