CS Mutahi Kagwe has been accused of nepotism at the Kenya medical laboratory technicians and technologist board.
In a recent published gazette notice from CS Kagwe and the Ministry of Health, names coming from same region were forwarded as the new leadership of the medics lab Board.
In the notice, Mutwiri was tapped as the chair of the medics lab Board for a period of three years together with, Mukaya, Gatwechi, Kahariri and Kanyara.
In April 27, 2020, medical laboratory practitioners called for an urgent dissolution of the board saying the agency has abdicated its role in the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They accused the board, which is mandated to train, register and license medical laboratory technicians and technologists, of failing to perform its duty at a time the country is busy fighting the pandemic.
Through their union, Kenya National Union of Medical Laboratory Officers, the lab professionals accused the 11-member board of lacking “the ability to regulate, formulate guidance and policies regarding laboratory officers and laboratory-related utilities.”
In March this year, a civil society organisation asked Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe to suspend Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board officials for allegedly being in office illegally.
Magnam Environmental Network says current board chairman Abel Onyango and registrar Abdullatif Ali have extended their terms in office despite the expiry of their tenure and retirement respectively.
Chairman Michael Nyaguti asked Kagwe to constitute a new board, and appoint a new chairman and registrar within 21 days to restore order in the board.