Former IEBC officials have the last laugh as they are set to get lucrative ambassadorial jobs

Unconfirmed reports from statehouse indicate that President Uhuru Kenyatta promised the former IEBC officials ambassadorial appointments.

 

If media reports from Statehouse currently circulating are anything to go by, then Issack Hassan's team will soon be among Kenya's best remunerated civil servants.

Enjoying diplomatic immunity, fine houses paid for by the taxpayer, complete with staff, security and diplomatic cars.

Unconfirmed reports from statehouse indicate that President Uhuru Kenyatta promised the former IEBC officials ambassadorial appointments when he met them at State House last week.

There is sufficient back up data to back this report however.

Currently, several Kenyan embassies across the world lack substantive ambassadors, with many ambassadors having overstayed their normal two-year tour of duty.

Missions without ambassadors include Russia, Italy, Spain, Dubai, Los Angeles, Nigeria, Stockholm and Botswana.

The immediate former Russian Ambassador, Dr Paul Kurgat has been appointed IEBC commissioner paving way for another likely former IEBC official to fill up the post.

Politics has also played a major hand in turning the odds for the Former IEBC officials.

Several ambassadors are set to resign and join politics.

Kenyan High Commissioner to Tanzania, Ali Chirau Mwakwere is expected to tender his resignation, and seek Kwale gubernatorial seat instead.

Sam Ongeri, envoy to UN-Habitat, has also announced plans to run for the Kisii Senate seat.

There are reports that Mohammed Abdi Mohammed, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia is also set to resign and vie for the seat of Wajir governor.

Ambassador to the US Njeru Githae is said to be harboring political ambitions as well and plans to run for governor of Kirinyaga.

Should the report currently tightly guarded come to pass, the  next diplomatic faces of Kenya will feature the likes of Lilian Mahiri-Zaha (former IEBC vice chairman) and commissioners Albert Bwire, Kule Godana, Yusuf Nzibo, Abdullahi Sharawe, Thomas Letangule, Muthoni Wangai and Mohammed Alawi.

Issack Hassan when contacted by a local daily yesterday could neither confirm nor deny possible ambassadorial posts.

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