Uhuru's Ksh750 Million Gift Causes Fall Out at ASK

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho during the opening ceremony for the ASK Mombasa show Daily Nation
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta’s gift of Ksh750 million to the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) has triggered a massive fall out in the government agency.

    Uhuru, as the patron of the society, gave out the money in 2017 with instructions that it be used to refurbish the Jamhuri Show Ground exhibition area.

    According to Sunday Nation, the money was accredited to ASK account in August 2018.

    Nairobi ASK show CEO, Batram Muthoka and chief steward J.W.Mugo

    It is reported that powerful individuals at the society took control of the cash triggering a rift between board members.

    CEO Bartram Muthoka and legal consultant Ken Omanga allegedly took control of the money and sidelined all other organs of the ASK.

    Apart from jointly managing the cash, they also dictate how contracts are awarded.

    Board members are allegedly excluded from all decisions and only learn about tenders after money has been paid out by the duo.

    There are also claims that employees who don’t align with the duo are summarily dismissed as punishment.

    ASK chairperson, Anabella Kiriinya refuted the allegations citing that they’re being bandied by people who want to discredit the society and it’s leadership.

    “It’s all malice. There is no such thing. It is not true,” Kiriinya told Nation.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Nyeri Show Ground