Kenya’s new central bank governor Patrick Njoroge refuses luxury house that comes with his Kenyan government position.

Patrick Njoroge is getting attention in Kenyan but it’s not for his lavish lifestyle as a bachelor. Quite the opposite, it’s his refusal to live in luxurious Muthaiga Estate in Nairobi. It is near the residences of the US and UK foreign envoys and Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki. that has raised eyebrows. The house is near the residences of the US and UK foreign envoys and Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki. The perk accommodations come with his job but instead of moving into the residence, he might be focusing on moving Kenya’s weakening shilling up in value.

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Njoroge’s predecessors have all lived in the estate which is known its lush grand gardens that have hosted numerous parties. His predecessors also drove Mercedes Benz and Range Rovers flanked by security cars. The current bank governor seems to take a more subtle approach to life and reports state his influenced by his religious domination, the Opus Dei group of Catholics that believe a humble life is the path to righteousness. He will be staying with his fellow congregates in a communal house in Nairobi’s Loresho estate.

According to the BBC,

“Kenyans are used to senior government officials leading lavish lifestyles.

It is an issue which has provoked protest, not least when parliamentarians awarded themselves a pay rise of 319,000 shillings ($3,200; £2,100) a month, less than two months after being sworn in in 2013.”

Njoroge seems to be doing this his own way. It will be interesting to see what he does with the shilling, as well.

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