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Toto’s alleged nepotism relatable in Uganda

By Wangu Kanuri February 15th, 2023 2 min read

Bomet County Women’s Representative Linet Chepkorir alias Toto’s who allegedly employed her family members in office, left a bitter taste in the mouth of netizens, with Ugandans feeling her case mirrors the situation in their country.

Toto was sued by two Bomet residents, Collins Barno and Stanley Kiprotich Bii, and the suit was filed at the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi.

The two claim the MP failed to adhere to minimum requirements of transparency, fair competition, merit, and integrity in the recruitment of her office staff. They claim that six of the 15 members of staff hired by the MP are her relatives.

Additionally, the two claimed that Toto’s relatives are cumulatively gobbling up the Sh612,000 monthly payout of the Sh811,000 allocated for staff salaries.

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The matter has since drawn attention on both Kenyan soil and Ugandan. On Twitter, the matter has drawn parallels with President Yoweri Museveni, who has employed his wife, son, brother, sister, and son-in-law to several plum positions in his government.

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President Museveni, 78, set the record for having his wife, Janet Museveni, in his cabinet. The First Lady heads the Ministry of Education and the Sports one.

The first family’s only son Muhoozi Kainerugaba despite being controversial on the bird app is the general of the Ugandan Army.

Mid-last year, the Ugandan Head of State re-appointed his sister Dr Violet Kajubiri, as the deputy chairperson of the Education Service Commission (ESC).

In his almost 40 years tenure, President Museveni has been appointing his family members to plum positions in his government. In 2021, he appointed his son-in-law, Odrek Rwabogo as the presidential advisor for special duties.

The president’s brother, Salim Saleh, served as the Minister of State for Microfinance from 2006 to 2008 and also in the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

However, the appointments have bred corruption scandals in the country, tainting President Museveni and his administration.

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