TARDA Boss Githaiga in court over nepotism, abuse of power
A Parastatal chief has come under fire for allegedly hiring 25 relatives and friends to jobs within the organisation without due process.
Steven Githaiga, the Managing Director of Tana River Development Authority (TARDA), has been taken to court to answer on the claims.
In the urgent case filed on Thursday last week by the Union of Kenya Civil Servants, Githaiga is required to explain how his wife, son, brother inlaws and other relatives working for TARDA.
Some of those he is accused of having hired illegally include John Githaiga, his brother who is working as a Senior officer in the Engineering department, Beatrice Muringi Githaiga (daughter) a manager, Lucy Wangui Ngahu (wife) who is the manager Upper Athi region, David Mwangi Ndegwa, his brother inlaw an accountant at the Masinga dam hotel.
Other respondents in the case include CS for East African Community, Director at the Department of Civil registration and the Attorney General to explain how Githaiga was reappointed despite hitting the age limit.
“The appointment of Steven Githaiga Ruimuku as MD was irregular, unreasonable, illegitimate, unlawful and unconstitutional since it was carried out without values and principles of the rule of law, fairness and merit.” The court documents read.
The union accuses Githaiga of extending his tenure by forging documents therefore reducing his year of birth by 5 years.
In 2011, however, the MD allegedly acquired a new ID under the name, Steven Githaiga Ruimuku, that showed he was born in 1958.
He subsequently acquired a passport with details matching the new ID.
According to employment records, the MD, whose true age is 65 years, was supposed to have retired from formal employment in 2014.
“The original ID card issued to him on November 11, 1992 indictaes his date of birth as 1953 not 1958. The ID number is 1901968.”
He is further accused of being involved in illegalities which have led to loss of millions of shillings at the parastatal.
“The 4th respondent has been illegally employing his relatives and family friends, if you do not do not support his wrongdoings you get transferred from your current stations to hardship areas.”
“Unless the orders sought therein are granted in the interim, the petition will be rendered nugatory since the 4th respondent shall have enjoyed illegally and earned taxpayers money in eccess of sh29,230,944 basic pay besides other allowances.” the petition further reads.
Some of the staff members have even been forced to resign after they disagreed with Githaiga or any of his close relatives.
Tana River Development Authority is responsible for the planning, multipurpose development, and management of the Tana and Athi River basins’ water and land based resources.
The organisation operates on an annual budget of about KSh 800 million allocated every financial year.
Here is the full list according to the petition;
SOME OF THE MDS RELATIVES IN KEY POSITIONS
|No||Name||P/No||Position & Dept||Relationship With Md||Home County|
|1||John Githaiga||0420||Senior officer/Engineering||Brother||Nyeri|
|2||David Mwangi Ndegwa||0497||Accountant Masiga Hotel||Brother in law||Nyeri|
|3||Beatrice Muringi Githaiga||0839||Manager- P/ Relationship||Daughter||Nyeri|
|4||Lucy Wangui Ngahu||0900||Manager/ Upper Athi Region||Wife||Nyeri|
|5||Ignitius Kiraithe Ngahu||0884||Manager/ Rice mill complex- TDIP||Brother in law||Nyeri|
|6||Lawrence Nganga Ngahu||0914||Head of Stores Masinga Hotel||Brother in law||Nyeri|
|7||Gedion Gakuo Ngahu||Masiga Farm||Brother in law||Nyeri|
|8||John Ndegwa Mbuthia||0883||Accountant Embu||Nephew||Nyeri|
|9||Solomon Ndirangu Mwangi||0921||Nephew||Nyeri|
|10||Susan Ngothi||0120||MD- Secretary||Neighbor||Nyeri|
|11||Peris Wangui Theuri||MD- Secretary||Niece||Nyeri|
|12||Barbara Wangu Ngothi||0887||Human Resource officer||Daughter to MDs Secretary||Nyeri|
|13||Mary Gathoni Mbau||0147||Head of Reception
|14||Regina Wanjiku Mbau||0917||Senior officer Monitoring and evaluation||Daughter to head of reception||Nyeri|
|15||Denis Gatu||0910||Senior officer- procurement||son||Kiserian|
|16||Catherine Njeri Kahehu||0905||Administrator Machakos||niece||Nyeri|
|17||Moses Githaiga||047||MD Driver||Neighbor||Nyeri|
|18||Grace Mukami Githaiga||0888||Procurement officer||Daughter to MDs Driver||Nyeri|
|19||Charles Ndirangu||01000||Accountant Emali||Nephew||Nyeri|
|20||Purity Rwamba Mbogoh||0889||Senior officer- IT||Neighbor||Kiserian|
|21||Julius Thubuku||Manager Othaya t. Nursery||Nephew||Nyeri|
|23||Robert Kabachia||Manager- Masinga Afforestation||Nephew||Nyeri|
|24.||Jane Karitu||Accountant Headquaetor||Niece||Nyeri|