Little-known Mohamed Shurie became the CEO of the Water Resources Management Authority (Warma) from August 1, 2016. He had previously served his hometown as CEO of Northern Water Service Board.
His appointment to Warma is as mysterious as the manner he has been running the board and management - with our sources maintaining that he runs the Ministry of Water and Irrigation agency like his "personal property".
His appointment letter is said to have been personally picked by House Majority Leader Mr Aden Duale "on the day Public Service boss Joseph Kinyua was burying his mother.
Both Duale and Shurie come from Garissa. In 2013, Mr Shurie contested and lost the gubernatorial position in Garissa County.
Like many other public positions, big money is said to have changed hands - from board members to the Ministry officials to influence the appointment. In one bizarre case, one of the candidates parted with Sh1 million to a proxy of a top Ministry official.
When approached for "payment", 3 Warma board members including a wealthy Nairobi businessman reportedly declined the bribe. The rest pocketed it. He was appointed.
That was the beginning of hell at Warma, say our mulltiple sources drawn from staff, board and elsewhere. Mr Shurie is said to have made life difficult for many staff - who supposedly had a good relationship with his predecessor Eng John Phillip Olum.
First, he demanded two-armed security officers for himself via a letter dated August 1, 2016 addressed to the Administration Police Commandant.
Second, he declined to sign the handing over report from his predecessor. He claimed it was incomplete despite the board Chairman Mr Peter Kiilu and Water Principal Secretary Mr Fred Sigor being present to witness the signing ceremony.
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