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  • Chairs and CEOs Face Uncertain Terms
  • Being the CEO of (KEMSA) is also not a walk in the park according to Kipkorir.

Some High profile positions in Kenya come with unenviable reputable of thankless jobs where individuals serving in these roles often face looming threat of losing their jobs before their terms reach completion, This is according to lawyer Donald Kipkorir.

Through his X account, the famous lawyer listed a number of jobs that he says are thankless as the positions are subject to intense scrutiny, blame and political pressure making job security a constant concern.

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“Thankless Jobs in Kenya where you’ll surely be FIRED or ARRESTED before your term end, “He posted on X.

The Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is one such role that stands out in this regard according to the lawyer.


The contentious nature of elections in Kenya often leads to the electoral commission bearing the brunt of criticism when things go awry. The historical example of Samuel Kivuitu, former Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK), illustrates this point. After the 2007 post-election violence, Kivuitu pleaded with members of Parliament not to dismiss him and his team but his cry and lamentations was not heard.

Following in Kivuitu’s footsteps, Ahmed Issack Hassan, the former Chairperson of IEBC, faced similar predicaments.

Opposition leaders, particularly Raila Odinga, sought his removal during his tenure. Recently, Wafula Chebukati also experienced a turbulent time during his tenure as IEBC Chairman, as calls for his ousting grew louder

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Kipkorir also highlighted several other high risk positions in Kenya apart from IEBC chairman. Being the CEO of Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is also not a walk in the park according to him. Terry Ramadhani, the KEMSA CEO, was suspended by Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha earlier this year amidst multiple scandals that rocked the institution.

Other positions mentioned by Kipkorir include the CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) CEO, the Director-General of the Communications Authority of Kenya(CAK), the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), and the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Managing Director.

In 2020, Daniel Manduku, the former KPA Chief, resigned while facing corruption charges related to the awarding of tenders for cargo storage facilities at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD)

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The list extends to include the managing Director of Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), the Managing Director of Kenya Electricity transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) and the chief Registrar of the judiciary. Gladys Shollei, who previously served as the Judiciary Registrar and current Uasin Gishu Woman Representative, faced dismissal in 2013 over allegations of misusing 2.207 billion shillings belonging to the Judiciary.

The current chief Registrar of the Judiciary Ann Amadi has been accused of conspiring to defraud a Dubai based firm more than 100 million shillings in a fake gold scam.


September 28, 2023

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