Mystery surrounds Murimi's resignation as NSSF boss

The economist quit barely six months after he was appointed as chair of the fund.

Saturday February 20 2016

National Social Security Fund Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Kariithi Murimi speaks during a workshop on validating the strategic plan for the ACA at the Intercontinental hotel on March 16, 2011. He has since quit his post at NSSF. PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Social Security Fund Board of Trustees Chairman Mr Kariithi Murimi speaks during a workshop on validating the strategic plan for the ACA at the Intercontinental hotel on March 16, 2011. He has since quit his post at NSSF. PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BRIAN NGUGI
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Mystery still surrounds the exit of National Social Security Fund Board of Trustees chairman, Mr Kariithi Murimi.

The economist confirmed to the Daily Nation that had quit early this week, barely six months after he was appointed as chair of the Fund.

“I have resigned,” Mr Murimi said in a short text message refusing to be drawn into the circumstances of his unceremonious exit. However, sources at the fund said Mr Murimi had come under immense pressure from sections of the fund’s leadership over his management style.

Mr Murimi had in the recent past said the fund’s new board had adopted a tough anti-corruption stance on persons implicated in graft in what Daily Nation had learnt was in a bid to improve the fund’s battered image.

CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

NSSF has for years been mired in corruption allegations involving high level staff of the Fund. In an earlier interview with the Nation, Mr Murimi said he had written to all senior management and staff of the fund warning against their involvement in graft.

“We have declared a no corruption policy. Everybody has a letter that should you ever be implicated in corruption you go home the same day,” Mr Murimi had said.

On Friday, acting fund chief executive and managing trustee Anthony Omerikiwa could not be reached on phone to state the circumstances of Mr Murimi’s exit.

Mr Omerikwa has in the recent past said fund has put in place quality management that ensures it is adequately prepared to serve Kenyans better.

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