The daughter of a former Internal Security Minister John Njoroge Michuki has landed a top job in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.
Yvonne Wanja Michuki has been appointed as a member of the National Technical Working Committee on the Design, Development, and Implementation of the Tea Industry Price Stabilisation Framework.
In a Gazette Notice No. 4020, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Peter Munya appointed Wanja alongside other 9 members in a national steering committee that will be chaired by former Principal Secretary Irungu Nyakera.
Wanja, the last born of former powerful minister in retired President Mwai Kibaki’s era, has been the regional manager of London-based fair standards lobby, the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP).
The lobby seeks to address the plight and livelihoods of smallholder tea farmers and workers globally.
Michuki’s daughter, a Columbia University-trained financial analyst, has been spearheading ETP’s regional strategy in Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda.
Wanja will be working under Nyakera who has been the chairperson of Kenya Tea Sector Lobby which has been accusing Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) of delaying implementation of reforms in the tea sector through court cases.
Nyakera, who studied medicine at the University of Nairobi (UoN), served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport during Kibaki’s government and later as Planning PS in President Kenyatta’s government.
The 39-year-old pledged to work diligently for the tea sector which he has been pushing very hard to ensure reforms set by CS Munya are implemented.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to Peter Munya for appointing me as the Chairman for the National Taskforce for Development and Implementation of the Tea Industry Price Stabilization Framework,” he said.
“I promise to do my best to serve the interest of the 660,000 smallholder tea farmers,” Nyakera added.