The nomination of state intelligence officer Twalib Abdallah Mbarak to be next CEO at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) makes the climax of a week of push and pull within high offices in government.
Kenyan News Day learnt Mbarak was a compromise candidate who presented a triumph for the axis led by National Intelligence boss Philip Kameru whose first choice, former National Police Service Commissioner Mohamed Murshid, did not meet the approval of State House.
Although Mbarak retired from Military Intelligence, he also doubled up as covert State Intelligence Officer even as he worked as a senior manager of Kenya Electricity Generating firm.
President Uhuru Kenyatta approved Mbarak’s nomination after receiving a brief from Kameru which exposed beleaguered Michael Mubea in bad light.
In the run up to Mbarak’s nomination, there had been a fierce behind-the-scene tug of war between the intelligence community led by Kameru, and forces of status-quo led by Kenyatta’s advisor Nancy Gitau who wanted current Deputy CEO Michael Mubea to take over as substantive CEO.
However, Kameru fallback plan on Mbarak appears to have worked and barring any issues raised by the National Assembly their man will be the EACC boss for the next six years.