President Uhuru Kenyatta greets Ethan Richard Ndubai after he was sworn in as the new National Youth Service (NYS) director general. PHOTO | COURTESYPresident Uhuru Kenyatta greets Ethan Richard Ndubai after he was sworn in as the new National Youth Service (NYS) director general. PHOTO | COURTESY
By Kenfrey Kiberenge @KenKiberenge

Three days is a long time, as one Sam Michuki might have realized. On January 16, the government announced the appointment of Mr Michuki as the new National Youth Service (NYS) director general.

Three days later, on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the swearing of a different man, Ethan Richard Ndubai, as the new NYS DG.

“Witnessing the swearing-in of the new National Youth Service Director-General, Ethan Richard Ndubai, at State House, Mombasa,” reads a caption on pictures posted President Kenyatta’s Facebook page.

Mr Michuki’s appointment was announced by the government website, mygov.go.ke (the report has since been pulled down), and was widely reproduced on local media.

PHOTO | SCREENSHOT

PHOTO | SCREENSHOT

The site is passed as the “Government News Platform”.

“The Government has appointed. He replaces Dr Nelson Githinji who stepped aside over corruption allegation in November 2015. Public Service Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo who made the announcement today said the State also deployed Ms Clare Lwali, who was acting as director general to the sports ministry,” reads the post on the government site in part.

“Prior to his appointment, Michuki was senior deputy director at the agency in charge of Kibera slums upgrading project before he was relied off his duties by former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.”

The newly appointed DG holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Commerce – accounting option – from the University of Nairobi.

He is due to graduate with a PHD in Performance Contracting, Measurement and Public Service Delivery from the same university.

He has undertaken numerous training courses and programmes including Certification in Corruption Prevention from the Marcus Evans Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is a member of various professional bodies including Kenya Association for Public Administration and Management as well as Kenya Institute of Management.