NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – James Wainaina Macharia, one of the four Cabinet nominees named by President Uhuru Kenyatta to take over the health docket was born in 1959.
Macharia’s curriculum vitae show evidence of an academically gifted child.
He attended Kagumo High School, Nyeri, for his ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels where he topped his class on both instances.
At the University of Nairobi where he attained his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1983, he secured A First Class Honours, which earned him selection by Deloitte and Touche to train as a Chartered Accountant in London.
Macharia is also a qualified Certified Public Accountant (K) and holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom.
He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 1989, rising to become Financial Controller in 1994.
Thereafter, he worked in Zambia as Managing Director, African Banking Corporation, and later transferred to Tanzania in the same position.
He has been Group Managing Director with NIC Bank from 2005 to-date, during which time the bank grew more than tenfold and with five subsidiary companies including Tanzania and Uganda.
Macharia is married to a Zambian (Pamela Chanda) and has two children – Martin and Sandra.
If approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, he will be tasked with first implementing the pledge by Jubilee government of ensuring that maternity fees are abolished and that all citizens of Kenya access government dispensaries and health centres free of charge.
Although he is a banker by profession, Macharia maintains that there is no single challenge that cannot be overcome with teamwork commitment and passion.
“With strategies which we shall put together, the teamwork of colleagues and the support of the entire country I believe we shall overcome and achieve a lot for the benefit of our country,” he said after he was unveiled at State House, Nairobi.