President Uhuru Kenyatta has protected the former Vice President Moody Awori’s appointment as a member of the Sports, Art and Social Development Fund board.
Kenyans scrutinized the appointment inquiring as to why Awori, who turned 91 on Wednesday, must be backed to the board rather than young people.
But speaking during a KCB meeting on Thursday, Uhuru said Awori will ensure that money is not stolen at the Sports Fund board.
“I am being criticised for appointing a 91-year-old… put yourself in my shoes. Tumeona vile watu wakipewa kazi hizo vile wanafanya. Afadhali niweke mzee anichungie hiyo pesa…aaah mniwache bwana.”
(We have seen how people act when given these jobs….I’d rather put an old man in charge to take care of the money…leave me alone)
Awori was appointed to the post through a November 28 Gazette notice by Finance CS Henry Rotich.
The board will also comprise five Principal Secretaries from the ministries of Education, Arts, Health, National Treasury and Sports.
Awori was named alongside Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei. The board is expected to manage the fund, prepare and submit quarterly reports to Rotich.