President William Ruto has revoked the appointment of Mwambu Mabonga as the chairman of the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) after just seven months into the job.
- The revocation was announced in a Friday gazette notice, and Moses Chege has been appointed as the new chairman of IRA. Chege was previously serving as a member of the Kenya Wildlife Service board.
- Moses Chege’s three-year appointment as the chairman is effective from September 15.
- Mwambu Mabonga, the former IRA chairman, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordination Board.
- During his short stint as IRA chairman, Mwambu Mabonga sent IRA commissioner general Godfrey Kiptum on leave and replaced him on an interim basis with Monica Thirima, a senior manager in charge of consumer protection.
- Mabonga’s decision to suspend Kiptum did not specify the reasons but mentioned the need for an investigative agency to look into legal matters and other concerns.
- However, Treasury Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo overruled Mabonga’s decision, stating that Kiptum would remain in office pending consultation on the board’s decision.