Why Mount Kenya University founder has rejected Governor Waititu’s plum appointment

Prof Simon Gicharu/NMG.

Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (Rerec) Chairman Simon Gicharu has rejected an appointment by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu to head a committee on pending bills.

Waititu, through his Finance CEC Francis Kigo Njenga, on Friday published in the Kenya Gazette names of officials who will sit in the body to help clear a backlog of bills, some inherited from the administration of former governor William Kabogo.

But Gicharu on Monday, the Nation reports, said he was never consulted by the governor or his government before his appointment.

“Basic courtesy should have dictated that they reach out to me before making such an announcement. At least by doing so, they would have gotten my views on whether I have the knowledge, skills and time to discharge such a task. That said, I will not be taking up the job,” Gicharu who is also the founder of Mount Kenya University told the Nation.

Gicharu added that other than it being brought to his attention by those who had seen it in the Kenya Gazette, the work at Rerec and other business engagements cannot allow him time to take up on another public duty.

“We cannot afford any distractions at the moment when we are trying to align our focus at Rerec with the President’s big four agenda” he said.

Gicharu, a resident of Kiambu, could have also opted not to take the appointment to avoid any close association with the corrupt governor who is currently facing graft charges in court.

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