Powerful official resigns from Uhuru's government

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Mahamed's resignation will take effect on April 31st.

While announcing his decision to quit, the controversial government official called for greater accountability in the non-governmental sector.

Okiya Omtatah

"I would like to wish the Board the very best in its endeavours of creating an enabling environment for thriving of the charity sector and for the continuous demand for greater accountability and transparency amongst NGOs," Mahamed stated.

Mahamed's term has been riddled with controversy as he was seen as using his position to crackdown on Jubilee opponents in the political and civil society circles.

Activist Okiyah Omtatah had already filed an active suit seeking to stop the NGO boss from getting an extension on his three-year contract that ended in November 2017.

Government crackdown on NGOs

After the August 8 election, Mahamed had ordered the closure of Kura Yangu, Sauti Yangu and We, the People - two powerful consortiums of pro-democracy NGOs.

Just before August polls, the media-shy government official banned the Rosemary Odinga Foundation, an NGO associated with opposition leader Raila Odinga’s firstborn daughter.

Also affected in the crackdown was the Kalonzo Musyoka’s foundation, as well as the Evans Kidero - all associated with NASA politicians.

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