Rachael Ruto To Attend Nema End-Year Party At Weston Hotel

    Nema, Kenya’s environmental watchdog, has planned an end-of-year party for its employees at the Weston Hotel, which is owned by President William Ruto.

    According to a memo, Nema Director-General Mamo B Mamo informed staff at the agency’s headquarters, including interns, on November 29 that they will meet at the luxurious hotel on Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. for the event.

    “As you are aware, we have not been able to gather together as a family for two years due to the effects of Covid-19 … officers from the field will be paid DSA and transport refund to enable you to attend the event,” the memo says.

    The event’s chief guest will be First Lady Rachel Ruto.

    Nema is one of the government agencies affected by the National Treasury’s directive to reduce spending.

    Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u issued spending guidelines to all ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the Judiciary, Parliament, constitutional commissions, and independent offices, earlier this month.

    The action followed a disappointing first-quarter tax collection, which was blamed on transition-related issues following the August elections.

    The news of Nema’s planned gathering comes barely a month after Kericho County Assembly (MCAs) members attracted unwanted attention for planning to hold a workshop on vetting chief officers at Weston Hotel.

    Following a public outcry, MCAs relocated the seminar to a more convenient location closer to home.