Tribe issue in Kameru appointment as NIS chief
22 August 2014, 08:03
Nairobi - Major General Philip Wachira Kameru has been appointed the head of the country's spy agency, the National Intelligence Services NIS, even though there is as usual an issue over his tribal affiliation.
Kameru will take over from Major General Michael Gichangi who quit last week.
Kameru's appointment was announced by Speaker Justin Muturi in parliament Thursday, and he will face a parliamentary vetting team before officially taking office.
Gichangi quit last week after pressure from several quarters over his under-performance in recent times.
The spate of terror activities and general insecurity have led to talk of a failed government and thus the move to have a new boss will be welcomed.
The fact though that once again Wachira comes from president Uhuru Kenyatta's Kikuyu tribe will again ensure questions are asked by members of the civil society as well as the opposition.
" It is a political appointment so the president can choose to do what he wants, Michael Njenga, a political analyst sad.
" As much as there will be eyebrows raised, it is up to the president to decide who he trusts for the job and appoint him/her, he added.
The opposition CORD coalition has already severally raised questions about public appointments, saying that they are heavily biased towards one community.
" The appointments must be looked at. Why are they skewed, CORD principal Moses Wetangula posed during the announcement of plans for a referendum.
" The government must explain itself satisfactorily. Kenyans do not belong to one tribe, he added.
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