[DR JULIUS BITTOK]]
Dr Julius Bittok has been appointed Professor in charge of Finance Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-School of Cooporate affairs.
Dr Bittok is the former gubernatorial contender who at one time served as a Senior Lecturer Economics in Moi University where he also held various administrative posts.
The letter of appointment from the Ministry of Education indicated that the appointment took effect immediately. The appointment letter describes Dr Bittok as a “competent, efficient and resourceful finance researcher with enviable finance research outputs.”
In what could be termed a double blessing earlier last week Dr Julius Bittok secured a nod from State House to offer Financial Consultancy Services to the Office of The President courtesy of his close working relationship with The Deputy President William Ruto and Director of Political Affairs in the Office of the President Hon Joshua Kuttuny.
Dr Bittok a strong contender for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat in the last general elections and an expert in economics and financial matters had last week criticised the county leadership over the controversial finance bill 2013/14.
In a strong worded post on his Facebook page Dr Bittok said the bill was likely to negatively impact on investment in turn leading to slow economic growth in the county. He urged the County government to stucture the bill in a way that it would balance revenue collection and encourage investment since in it’s original state the bill was likely to hurt investment and raise marginal revenue.
“My advice to the county government is to focus more on public private partnerships (PPP) to mobilize private sector resources to support the county budget. One proposal is to sell Uasin Gishu county as the home of champions and have international firms express interest to construct an ultramodern stadia, hotels and other modern facilities required by our athletes,”he added.
“Instead of quarreling about small taxes from cattle, goats, dogs, cats and snakes lets look at the bigger picture. More attention should also be put to seal all loopholes of corruption and Uasin Gishu county shall prosper and we shall all be proud to be citizens of the City of Champions.”