Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia is under fire from Kenyans on social media over his latest appointments.
Macharia was heavily criticized for appointing three members of the same community to the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Board.
The three, Mary Waithiegeni Chege, Zacharia Karenge Mungai, and Ronald Ndirangu Ndegwa were appointed by CS Macharia through a gazette notice dated February 5th, 2021 to serve for a period of three years.
But the appointee’s ethnicity triggered protests from a section of Kenyans online, who accused CS Macharia of being a tribalist.
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma threatened to table a motion of impeachment against CS Macharia if he is not fired.
“This is stinking tribalism in a country where inclusivity is a constitutional ideal. A Minister who makes such appointments should be nowhere around public service,” said Kaluma.
Nairobi-based lawyer Donald Kipkorir said: “Have to end my over two years restraining from commenting negatively about CS Macharia. As the Minister of sprawling Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development & Public Works, every time he makes an appointment, it has to be a Kikuyu. HE IS THE WORST TRIBALIST.”
The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Board was created by President Kenyatta to modernize public transport within the Nairobi metropolis.