Hon. Eng. Joshua N. Toro - Chairman

Hon. Eng. Joshua Ngugi Toro was appointed as the Chairman of the National Irrigation Authority Board of Directors on January 9, 2020 via the Kenya Gazette special issue Vol. CXXII.9. on January 17, 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is a registered Engineer by Engineers Registration Board and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya.

His Engineering career started immediately after graduating in 1977 at Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC). While at KRC, he was seconded to the Union of African Railways Headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo as Head of Engineering between 1989 and 1992. The Union is a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) responsible for the promotion of railway network interconnection and transportation of goods and passengers within African Countries. As Head of Engineering he was responsible for research and feasibility studies, policy development for acquisition, design, renewal and standardization of rolling stock and equipment and evolution of maintenance standards for the members’ railways. He was accorded Diplomatic status by the Government of Kenya during this period (1989 to 1992).

Hon. Eng. Toro served as a Member of Parliament for Kandara Constituency for ten (10) years from 1997 to 2007. H.E Mwai Kibaki, who was the Official Leader of Opposition then, appointed him shadow Minister for Roads, Public Works and Housing in parliament for five (5) years between 1997 and 2002. He also served as the vice chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Labour, Health, Housing and Social Welfare between 1997 and 2002.

He was appointed by the then President, H.E Mwai Kibaki as an Assistant Minister for Roads, Public Works and Housing for five (5) years between 2003 and 2007. While in Parliament, he served as Member of African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) which is affiliated to the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption between 1997 and 2009.

Hon. Eng. Toro was one of the pioneer members of the Board of Directors of Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) that established it from scratch to the current formidable organization it is today. He was a Board member at KeNHA for five (5) years between 2008 and 2012 where he also served as the chairman of the Authority’s Technical committee alongside being a member of the Audit and the Procurement Oversight Committees.

His background in Engineering and experience in the various leadership roles will help him lead the Irrigation Authority in implementing its mandate so as to effect and promote the Government’s Big4 Agenda on Food Security and Nutrition.


Aboud Moeva- Alternate, Principal Secretary State Department of Irrigation

Mr. Moeva was appointed to the Board on April 22, 2020. He is a holder of a Master in Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Agriculture both from the University of Nairobi.
He possesses vast expertise in Agriculture and is an Agriculturalist/Community mobilizer. He has acquired an extensive professional profile of 21 years’ experience in management of Irrigation development. He has done several professional courses such as Irrigation Project Preparation Course, Ministry of Agriculture (1989), Farmers Organization and Development, Ministry of Agriculture (1989) and Smallholder Irrigation Promotion Course, Tsukuba International Center-Japan (1999) among others.
He currently holds office as the Director of Irrigation Water Management and has previously held several responsibilities including: Head of Planning, Monitoring and Information Management-Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Head of Budget and Project Coordination Branch- Ministry of Agriculture, District Agricultural Officer-Lamu district among others.

Eng. Samwel A. O. Alima- Alternate, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation

Eng. Alima was appointed as Board Member on April 22, 2020 as an alternate to the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation. He is currently the Water Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation.

Eng. Laban Kiplagat- Alternate, Principal Secretary State Department of Crop Development

Eng. Kiplagat was appointed as Board Member on February, 10, 2020 as an alternate to the Principal Secretary, State Department of Crop Development and Agricultural Research. He is currently the Director/ Chief Engineer, Agricultural Land and Environment Management. Eng. Kiplagat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University and a Master’s Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Project Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Eng. Kiplagat has attended several seminars and workshops both locally and internationally on irrigation management and is a member of the Engineer’s Board and Institution of Engineers of Kenya, Kenya Institute of Management as well as certified Monitoring and evaluation professional from the Kenya Institute of Management, Kenya. He has been in the Civil Service for over 29 years working in different stations and institution including the Authority.


Charles Kairu – Representative of The National Treasury

Mr. Kairu was appointed as a Board Member on May 20, 2020 as representative of the National Treasury. He is a holder of a Master Degree in Development Economics from Williams College, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Public Service and is currently serving as Senior Assistant Director in the Public Debt Management Office at the National Treasury.


Christine K. Ileli, Alternate, The Attorney General

Christine was appointed as a Board Member on January 9, 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) from the University of Nairobi, Bachelor Degree in Law (LL.B.), a postgraduate diploma in law, Kenya School of Law. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and has over 9 years experience in the public service and is currently serving as a principal state counsel in the Government Transactions Division at the State Law Office.

Peter Waweru, Inspectorate of State Corporations

Mr. Waweru joined as a Board Member in June 2018 representing Inspector General (Corporations). He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (Marketing option) and Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting option). His current position is Deputy Inspector General (Corporations).He has served in various capacities including being a Town Clerk in the defunct Local Authorities.


Gitonga Mugambi, CEO

Mr. Mugambi was appointed the CEO of National Irrigation Board on acting capacity, on May 13, 2016.  He was confirmed to the position August 1, 2017. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Nairobi. He is a well accomplished agronomist with experience of over 25 years in Planning and Strategy, Resource Mobilization, Formulation of irrigation development programs such as Economic Stimulus Program. His experience is valuable in policy formulation, implementation and management of National Irrigation Authority.

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