Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has revoked the appointment of Pauline Njoroge as a member of the Board of Tourism Regulatory Authority.
Njoroge’s posting was revoked after Kenyans on social media brought to the fore her previous post on the Nairobi National Park.
In her post, Njoroge said the only selling point for the park was that it was the only national park in a capital city in the world.
She was responding to calls to reroute the Standard Gauge Railway to save the park, which according to her was a lost cause as the park is “economically redundant”.
Cancelling the appointment, CS Balala said at the time, the ministry was unaware of Njoroge’s stand on the value of the park.
Speaking on the sidelines of the official launch of domestic tourism campaign at the Masai Mara, Balala said the appointment painted the ministry in bad light.
He thanked the public for bringing to his attention Njoroge’s remarks.
Balala said Njoroge’s statements were rather unfortunate since the park is not only a national heritage, but one identified the world over.
“…because of that statement, I have already started the process of revoking…,” the agitated CS says.
CS Balala via gazette notice dated 7th August 2020 appointed Ms. Njoroge and other 3 to serve in Tourism board for a period of 3 years.
Pauline Njoroge is currently the lead strategist and chief blogger of Kieleweke Social Media team who have been spearheading online campaigns & onslaught against Deputy President Dr. William Ruto.
She becomes the second Kieleweke blogger to be appointed to a government job after Education CAS Zack Kinuthia who was last year appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Prior to their appointments, the two were leading the online onslaught against Deputy President Dr. William Ruto accusing him and his allies of sabotaging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to transform the country.
Recently, Pauline Njoroge accused DP Ruto of being behind the revenue share standoff saying Ruto had instructed his allies in the Senate led by Elgeiyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen to shoot down the formula that is set to benefit Mt. Kenya residents.