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Tribe question as Uhuru names CBK Governor

03 June 2015, 13:22 William Korir

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has named a new Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya but an issue has arisen over the tribal status of the new appointee, raising questions over the nature of the appointment.

The President Tuesday evening nominated Dr Patrick Ngugi Njoroge to be the next CBK governor.

Dr Njoroge replaces the retired Prof Njuguna Ndung’u at the helm of the institution if his nomination is approved by parliament, which is usually a formality.

" His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday nominated Dr Patrick Ngugi Njoroge as the next Central Bank of Kenya Governor," a State House communication said.

" The President said he had forwarded Dr Njoroge’s name to Parliament for vetting," the statement added.

But questions were immediately raised about the appointment, with observers questioning the decision by the president to persist with a person from his Kikuyu tribe for the position.

It was expected that he would probably look elsewhere but with Dr Njoroge set for office, that has been quashed.

" It is a question that needs to be asked. Why is the President persisting with a Governor from one region? Is he saying that there are no other qualified people from the other regions?," an MP from the Meru region that did not want to be named said.

" It paints a bad picture. It is like he says the CBK job is a preserve of his own background. That is not good for the image of the Jubilee coalition," the MP added.

Another MP from Western Kenya was not surprised by the decision.

" The decision was not a surprise. He (The president) has made the biggest appointments tribal. We are no longer shocked, we expect it," the MP said.

According to political analyst Michael Njenga though, the decision despite looking bad in some respects is over board as far as the president is concerned.

" The appointment was above board. The president has the right to appoint whoever he deems fit as long as the other boxes are ticked," he says.

" The qualifications are okay and he is Kenyan and as far as the appointing authority is concerned," it is fine.

" I do understand that some questions will be asked and they make sense but from a political point of view, it would have been silly to expect different," he added.

The retired Prof. Njuguna was also from the President's tribal background, even though he was appointed by the previous government led by then President Mwai Kibaki.

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