Sep 21, 2021

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Moi’s wingman Lee Njiru finally calls it a day

Mr. Njiru’s action-packed term ends on Saturday, September 11th.

Mzee Njiru, 72, served 46 years in the Kenyan civil service, including 43 years in the presidency.

In an interview with Nation.Africa on Friday, he said he was told last year to take his final leave on Saturday before retiring.

“I haven’t been on leave in many years So I was told to retire until I retire. It was a challenging experience, riddled with fulfills, disappointments, envy, tribalism, cunning, intrigue, cunning and subtlety. But with God’s help I got this far “he said.

” I want to thank Presidents Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi for giving me the opportunity to serve as their press secretary. They also protected me from bad men who occupy every corner of the power corridors. “

Left last year the public service commission reneged Mr. Njiru’s contract until September 11, 2021.

The contract was originally supposed to expire on June 30, 2020.

Mr. Alex Kiprotich became Appointed deputy to Mr. Njiru and prepared to succeed him when he retired.

But Mzee Moi refused to let go of Mr. Njiru, who was his most trusted advisor until his death last February. < / p>

Mr Njiru was appointed to the office of President Jomo Kenyatta in 1977 and Moi kept him on when he took over Mzee Kenyatta after his death in 1978.

Key Figures

Mr Njiru also thanked high-ranking officials who, in his opinion, held his hand and helped him maneuver through the dangerous mazes of power. Dr. Sally Kosgei, Dr. Richard Leakey, H ezekiah Oyugi, Gaylord Avedi, Zakayo Cheruiyot, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, Kinuthia Mbugua, Sam Gichuru and Fred Gumo who have played a prominent role in my career development and general well-being, “he said.

“My thanks also go to media outlets like The Voice of Kenya, later KBC, Nation Media Group, Standard Group Ltd, foreign media organizations like BBC, VoA, DW, Reuters, AFP, UPI, Middle East News and many more who joined me the spread of. have helped news. You always think of great journalists like Tido Mhando from BBC and Shaka Ssali from VoA. “

When asked how he would like to spend his retirement, he said:” Tukutane mitaani na mashambani (Let’s meet in the neighborhood and inland). “

Mr. Njiru owns several shops and properties valued at millions of shillings.

He is the owner of the Geranium Resort in Ngata, on the outskirts of the city of Nakuru, where he also has a home.

Many of Mzee Moi’s employees were transferred after his death last year.

Among them was Colonel Alexander Kiprop, who his advisor had been -de-camp since leaving office in 2002.

The nation has determined that Colonel Kiprop has been sent back to the barracks and is conducting further military studies at the Tanzania Defense College in Dar es Salaam by.

Others who were moved were Mr. Joel Komen, Mzee Moi Security Chief, Junior Security Officer, L Security guards, secretaries, personal assistants, messengers and drivers who are from various mi. nistries were taken over.

Mzee Moi had 30 police officers available. They were also moved by Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai.

Mzee Moi’s private secretary John Lokorio, now in his sixties, and General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, his regional security advisor, are still pending reassignment.

Mzee Moi had an office with staff including Mr Njiru, Mr Lokorio and Mr Kiprotich, who has been Mr Njiru’s deputy since 2016.

The staff had offices at Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi and his sprawling house in Kabarak.

Before they were moved, the government gave the staff in Mzee Moi’s office at least eight months to mourn after his death last year.

Mr Kiprotich is now an advisor to Canoe Chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.

Mzee Moi, who died on February 4, 2020, had received retirement benefits, including a fleet, since leaving office in 2002 of luxury cars, a fully furnished office, and about 40 workers.

Moi also received a hefty monthly pension equal to 80 percent of the incumbent president’s salary.

He was also entitled to other perks such as fuel, house and entertainment allowances totaling hundreds of thousands of shillings.

The management of Moi’s office and that of former President Mwai Kibaki cost the public Sh243 million between January and June last year, with compensation for their employees, excluding government seconded workers who take Sh126 million off the Parents Ministries.

Moi, who ruled for 24 years, was also entitled to four secretaries, two personal assistants, four messengers, four drivers, housekeepers, household cleaners and bodyguards.

He had a palatial house worth several million shillings in Kabarak, Nakuru County.

On his sprawling farm in Kabarak, he also owned several billion shillings of real estate, including the Kabarak Primary School, the Kabarak High School, Kabarak University, Kabarak Guest House, a church and other facilities.

His Kabarak house s When he stepped down in 2002, it served as his retirement.

He had seven well-known private apartments, one in the capital Nairobi and six in the Rift Valley.

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Tight security

The nation has learned that the houses are guarded around the clock.

Unsolicited sources said Moi had at least 30 police officers, some of whom were guarding his homes and other than his bodyguards served.

“The bodyguards were among the officers who were moved,” the source said.

Data from the Treasury Department shows monthly salaries and perks from Moi and Mr Kibaki in fiscal year 2019-2020 at 74m

in 2015 a Supreme Court judge prevented s the government started paying the two millions of shillings in allowances after discovering they were unnecessary expenses.

But the attorney general appealed the decision and allowed the two of them to continue enjoying their retirement benefits.

Former presidents are also entitled to four cars, which are replaced every four years.

The government also pays the workers in Mr. Kibaki’s office in Nairobi was bought three years ago in Moi’s office in Kabarnet Gardens near Ngong Road for Shn 250 million.

Mr. Kibaki retired in 2013 after two five-year prison sentences.

Moi was born on September 2, 1924 and was second President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002.

He succeeded Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta after his death on August 22, 1978.

< p> He died on February 4, 2020 and was buried at a state funeral on February 12, 2020 nt.

He has been in power longer than any other Kenyan leader since independence and critics viewed him as an authoritarian ruler, while allies credited him with maintaining stability in a region torn by political and civil unrest .

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Moi’s other employees

The focus has shifted to retirement benefits for former presidents , especially in recent years, when allocations have soared despite the government insisting on austerity measures to deal with a burgeoning recurring expense, including labor costs.

Mzee Moi’s office had staff, including :

  1. Mr. Lee Njiru – retired press officer.
  2. Mr. John Lokorio – private secretary (fate unknown).
  3. Colonel Alexander Kiprop – former camp adjutant (transferred).
  4. General Lazaro Sumbeiywo – former regional security advisor (fate unknown).
  5. Mr. Joel Komen – Head of Security (implemented).
  6. Mr. Alex Kiprotich – Mr. Njiru’s deputy since 2016 (now advisor to Senator Moi and Nakuru. of the Standard Group) Office Manager ).

Others were Janet Sigei, Prisca Bett, Edward Sang, Albert Kiptui, Joseph Samoey, Joseph Tamar, David Kanda, Faith Rono, Rajab Matsere, Peter Yator, Seguton Kiprono, James Chichir, Edward Chelule, Nelson Kenyatta, Cecilia Ng’ang’a.