President Uhuru Kenyatta has retracted the appointment of Treasury CS Ukur Yattani’s wife, Gatumo Yattani Kinacho, as the chairperson for Jumu Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Council.
According to a Gazette Notice published on Wednesday, October 14, the appointment of Mrs. Yattani was revoked effective October 16.
The President replaced MS Gatumo with Ambassador Mahboub Maalim.
Maalim is the chair of the Kenya Power board and had also served as IGAD Executive Secretary, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, and also in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
CS Yuttani’s wife had been appointed by Education CS Professor George Magoha in November last year and was to serve for a term of three years.
Gatumo’s appointment hit the headlines because, on the same day, she was also appointed as a member of the team on Standards and Quality Infrastructure Reforms in Kenya.
The appointment was gazetted by the then Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, who is currently heading the Agriculture docket.
Ms. Gatumo has a Bachelor of Education degree from Moi University and an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Nairobi.
She is also a Ph.D. holder (Gender and Diversity Management) from the Vienna University of Economics and Social Sciences.
Mrs. Yattani has also been at the forefront in fighting for the Rights of the minorities and marginalized groups in the country.
She has also worked as the convener of the Minorities and Marginalized Department at the National Gender and Equality Commission, where she also served as a commissioner from April 2011.
She has years of experience from the previous jobs as an undersecretary in the Office of the President and Chair of the Board of the Integrated Pastoralists Development (IPAD).
The CS wife is the founder of the Kanacho Nomadic Educational Foundation, a charitable foundation that addresses education and rural poverty challenges in Northern Kenya.