Seth Onyango @SethManex
The NGOs Coordination Board chief executive officer Fazul Mahamed has resigned days to end of his term in office. “It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation as chief executive officer effective May 1,” read his resignation letter in part.
Mahamed described his three-year tenure at the helm of the Board as “nothing short of pure excitement and joy”. “I wish to sincerely thank the board of Directors for the invaluable opportunities extended and I commit to effective expedient a smooth transition.”
Mahamed was thrown into the limelight following his move to de-list a number of humanitarian and human rights groups he accused of “non-compliance”.
At the height of the electioneering last year, he de-registered and froze the accounts of NGOs linked to Wiper Democratic Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s daughter, Rosemary.
In December 2014, weeks after his appointment, Mahamed was accused of forging his academic papers, after reports emerged that he did not possess the requisite qualifications for the position, with questions arising over his degree from Egerton University.
A letter from the institution later confirmed that on August 26, 2010, Mahamed was discontinued on academic grounds. But he dismissed the claims as malice saying individuals affected by his attempt to clean up the NGOs were peddling rumours to tarnish his name.
After taking office, Mahamed de-registered over 500 NGOs over their alleged links to terrorist groups. The crackdown attracted the wrath and condemnation of the civil society who accused him of political witch-hunt.
Last year, Mahamed found himself in political cross-fire when he suspended operations of various NGOs that were allegedly operating irregularly or illegally and froze their accounts.
They included the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation, the Evans Kidero Foundation, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and the African Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG). More recently, the board halted operations of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) and ordered its accounts frozen.