President William Ruto has made a big change in the leadership of the Coast Water Works Development Agency. He gave five appointees of his predecessor, former President Uhuru Kenyatta, the boot and brought in a new team.
On February 1st, 2023, President Ruto officially revoked the appointment of Omar Boga as the chairman of the board through a Gazette notice. He also took away the positions of Hussein Ahmed Farah, Rehana Ismail, Abdul Timimi, and Joseph Charo Kambi who served as members of the board.
The President named Daniel Katama Mwaringa as the new chairman of the board, taking effect from February 1st, 2023, for a one-year term ending on February 25th, 2024. Mwaringa will be joined by Hafswa Abdalla Dele, Judith Wabosha Mwamburi, and Mohamed Masoud Mwahima as new members of the board.
Omar Boga was appointed by former Water Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki under the Uhuru regime on February 26th, 2021, with a three-year term. Boga rose to prominence when he ran for the Msambweni Constituency by-election in 2020 under the Orange Democratic (ODM) Party. Unfortunately, he lost to independent candidate Feisal Bader, who was an ally of Deputy President William Ruto.
This move by President Ruto is part of his ongoing efforts to reorganize his administration through a series of key appointments to various boards and parastatals. With this latest change, the President is sending a clear message about who’s boss in the water works department.