NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on Wednesday dissolved the NGO Coordination Board and sent Executive Director Fazul Mahamed on forced leave.
Consequently, the CS appointed Ali Yussuf as the Executive Director on an acting capacity with immediate effect as a probe is launched into claims Mahamed holds a fake degree.
“The NGO Coordination Board has faced numerous challenges in the execution of its mandate,” he pointed out. “In view of the circumstances, I have today dissolved the Board of the NGO Coordination Board.”
The move comes after a section of NGO’s protested demanding the immediate suspension of Mahamed for allegedly sabotaging the implementation of the Public Benefit Organisations Act and claims that he used a fake degree to apply for the job.
Kiunjuri also dismissed allegations that he received a Sh20 million bribe as indicated on an affidavit allegedly written by one Delphine Bram Christopher.
“The allegations were based on the premise that I was induced to operationalise the PBO Act. I would like to bring to the attention that the said Mr Cheboi was first to congratulate me on commencement of the PBO Act,” he said.
He said the alleged affidavit was not even sworn before a Commissioner of Oaths.
“The author of the statement did not give his ID or passport number raising serious questions about the veracity of the statement. Thirdly, the said accomplices who were allegedly delivering money have since publicly refuted the claims as unfounded and baseless.”
He said that according to the Director of Immigration and Registration of Persons, no visa or work permit has ever been issued to Christopher.
The claims have since been disputed by three NGO’s led by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.
The organisations say the CS is being targeted by certain people who are against the implementation of the PBO Act 2013, which is meant to streamline the operations of the sector in the country.
In a statement, the organisations led by Kenya Human Rights Commission Director George Kegoro refuted claims that Christopher met Kiunjuri at a city hotel where the alleged exchange of money occurred but they however admits that there was a meeting with the CS on September 9 with several NGO’s, which was public.
According to them, Christopher did not even attend the meeting, while terming the allegations levelled against the CS as unfounded, baseless and slanderous.
Others organizations dismissing the claims include Society for International Development and Trocaire International.