Lazarus Amayo appointed new head of Kenyan Mission in Washington

Lazarus Amayo
Head of Kenyan Mission in Washington Lazarus Amayo. [Photo: YouTube]

Lazarus Amayo is now the new head of the Kenyan Mission in Washington, US.

This follows a reshuffle of heads of Kenyan missions abroad by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday.

Amayo held in an acting capacity the post of Kenyan representative to the Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, a post previously held by Foreign Affairs PS Amb Macharia Kamau.

Amb Kamau was recalled and appointed PS thereby creating a vacuum to the Mission at the United Nations.

Before his appointment to the Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, Dr Kimani has been serving as a joint secretary to the Building Bridges Initiative committee.

In the reshuffle, Uhuru also appointed three ex-IEBC commissioners as deputy heads of missions.

The three – Dr Paul Kurgat was appointed the deputy head of mission to Moscow, Consolata Nkatha Maina (Italy) and Margaret Mwanchanya (Pakistan).

The three ex-IEBC commissioners resigned at in 2018 citing a fall out with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati. Nkatha was then IEBC’s vice-chair.

They cited lack of confidence with Chebukati’s leadership at the poll agency following the disputed August 8, 2017 General Elections which saw President Uhuru’s election nullified by the Supreme Court.

“Instead under Chebukati’s leadership, the commission boardroom has become a venue for peddling misinformation, grounds for brewing mistrust and a space for scrambling and chasing individual glory and credit,” the trio said in a statement at the time.

Uhuru also made major changes in Kenyan Missions in Canada, Australia and Germany. The previous officeholders had already completed their term in office.

In the Kenyan Mission to Australia, Uhuru appointed John Tipis to head it whole in Canada, Immaculate Wambua who headed Americas Directorate at the Ministry will now be the new head.

Tom Amolo will head the Kenyan Mission in Berlin Germany. He has been working as a special envoy for the campaign for the UNSC besides having also worked as Kenya’s envoy to Abuja, Pretoria and Paris.