CS Wamalwa disbands the National Irrigation Board

By Beth Nyaga

The Board of Directors of the National Irrigation Board has been disbanded.

Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation, disbanded the NIB board on grounds that they were being insubordinate.

Wamalwa says the government will reconstitute another team to replace the 13 members in due time.

The decision comes after the directors walked out of a function to protest the presence of the agency’s suspended official, Daniel Barasa.

The 13 board members left for Nairobi shortly after Wamalwa arrived in Mwea, Kirinyaga County, to issue title deeds to land owners affected by the construction of a mega dam at Mwea Irrigation Scheme.

Wamalwa had earlier threatened to dissolve the team if they did not reinstate the suspended executives including General Manager, Barasa, by close of business on Friday.

Other officials who were to be reinstated include Mary Chomba (Deputy General Manager Finance and Strategy) and Boaz Akello (Procurement and Supplies).

The officials were suspended on April 21 for alleged misconduct and financial mismanagement.

Wamwala’s Principal Secretary Patrick Mwangi, who earlier opposed the reinstatement of Barasa, also snubbed the Mwea event and traveled back to Nairobi with the rest of the board.

NIB board chairman Sammy Letema said the board headed back to Nairobi to convene a special meeting whose agenda is to discuss the minister’s board dissolution threat and reinstatement of Barasa by 5pm Friday.

Wamalwa reinstated trio on Monday through a letter to the NIB board chairman on grounds that the board did not follow the law in removing the executives and that he was not consulted as the Cabinet Secretary overseeing the irrigation agency.

Letema termed Wamalwa’s directive illegal and vowed that the NIB board will not allow the suspended officials to resume office.


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