Uhuru Appointee Quits Over Conflict of Interest

  • Less than a year after former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay was appointed as a member of the Water Sector Trust Fund Board by President Uhuru Kenyatta, she announced her resignation from the position, citing conflict of interest as a reason for the action. 

    In a post on Twitter, Lay indicated that she tendered her resignation in preparation to take up new role at a company where she will handle roles similar to those at the Water Sector Trust Board. 

    “I resign from the Water Sector Trust Fund Board to avoid a conflict of interest. The company that I’m going to work for deals with Sanitation- sewage treatment and water recycling.

    “I will be talking more about the technology once I've signed my contract," read the post.

    Taveta MP Naomi Shaban (centre) and formerTaita-Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay during a past function

    The former parliamentarian also appreciated the role bestowed on her by president Uhuru Kenyatta as a member of the government organisation.

    “I want to thank My President Uhuru Kenyatta for the opportunity he gave me to serve at Water Sector Trust Fund as a Trustee.

    “I served faithfully and didn’t take even a single cent that I didn’t deserve. Once I got the appointment I was staying more in Taita making my home,” added the post.

    The former woman representative also cited the need for a better payment as one reason why she made the decision.

    “When you are faithful with small God blesses you with more. I rendered my resignation letter as a trustee at WSTF because God Has rewarded me with a position in the Private Sector with a good salary.

    “When I said that I’m broke many laughed. God Has remembered me! I give Him praise,” read the post.

    Joyce Lay was appointed to the organisation on February 8, 2019.

    In a Kenya Gazette notice issued by the government, Lay was appointed alongside Ubah Abdi Gedi, Rose Muguchu and Mathew Tuitoek.

    Dominic Biwott and Mwania Musau would also work as members of the authority that operates under the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

    Former Taita Taveta woman representative Joyce Lay in a past photo

    Lay lost her parliamentary position in 2017 when she moved from vying for the woman representative post and aimed at the senatorial position.

    The woman rep lost the position to Jones Mwaruma of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party.