Ex-MP Appointed to NSSF Board Months After Sacking

  • Former Tiaty MP with Senator Kichumba Murkomen during a past function
    Former Tiaty MP with Senator Kichumba Murkomen during a past function
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  • UPDATE: October 15: Former Tiaty MP Asman Kamama has been sacked as member of the board of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

    According to a gazette notice published on October 15, Labour CS Simon Chelgui revoked the former MP's appointment just days after being appointed.

    It was not immediately clear why the CS had rescinded the decision.


    Former Tiaty MP Asman Kamama has been appointed to the board of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

    According to a notice by the Labour and Social Security CS Simon Chelgui in the Kenya Gazette on Friday, October 9, Kamama will serve for a period of 3 years.

    This comes just months after the High Court in Eldoret revoked his appointment as Chairman of the North Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency in July. 

    Former Tiaty MP Asman Kamama during a past press conference
    Former Tiaty MP Asman Kamama during a past press conference
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    High Court Judge Justice Hellen Omondi ruled the appointments were unconstitutional, violated gender balance and criticised the lack of competitive recruitment.

    Kamama was trounced by Kassait Kamket in the August, 2017 General Election.

    After his defeat, he announced that he was quitting active politics to conduct private business.

    He served as the Tiaty Member of Parliament for three consecutive terms between 2002 to 2017.

    Kamama has replaced former Laisamis MP Joseph Lekuton whose appointment was revoked. 

    The ex-Tiaty MP joins former Chief of Defence General (Rtd) Julius Karangi who is the chair as well as Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

    The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament.

    The fund initially operated as a department of the Ministry of Labour until 1987 when the NSSF Act was amended transforming the fund into a state corporation under the management of a board of trustees.

    The NSSF was established as a mandatory national scheme whose main objective was to provide basic financial security benefits to Kenyan upon retirement.

    The Act establishes two funds namely, the Pension Fund and the Provident Fund, to provide for contributions to and payment of benefits out of the funds.

    In the same gazette notice, Health CS appointed new members of the Mathari National Teaching and Referral Hospital comprising Sheetal Khanna, Lenah Munuve and Michael Kariuki.

    Agriculture CS Peter Munya appointed Daniel Ndung'u Mungai to serve as the Director General of the Kenya Fisheries Service.

    File image of Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli
    File image of Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli
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