Lumumba previously announced Safiya Omari, a former Jackson State University professor, as his chief of staff. He also hired Kwame Kenyatta, a former Detroit city councilman, to be the mayor's office coordinator. His specific job duties are not known, but Lumumba earlier this month said he will be in charge of contract compliance.
Kenyatta could not be reached Thursday afternoon for an interview. The former councilman resigned his position in Detroit in June for unspecified reasons, according to the Detroit Free Press. The newspaper also reported that he missed several meetings earlier this year for health reasons.
The city website states:
The Mayor’s Contract Compliance Officer reviews and monitors any and all contracts assigned to him by the Mayor, the Chief of Staff or CAO. Contract Compliance is a form of contract management that seeks to ensure that government agencies, contract holders and, in some cases, grant recipients, are complying with government standards regarding equal opportunity employment. The standards include provisions that businesses must accept applications from women and minorities, that government offices must solicit bids for contract work from minority and women owned businesses and that organizations that receive grants from the government follow fair hiring, retention and promotion policies.
Mr. Kwame Kenyatta is the Contract Compliance Officer. For more information, you may contact Mr. Kenyatta at 601-960-1084 or email@example.com.
Well, that is not the entire story about Mr. Kenyatta. He resigned from the Detroit City Council after the state takeover of the city administration. CBS Detroit reported:
Without giving a specific reason for resigning, Kenyatta said now that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is in place, the council is virtually powerless.
“I have not been at the table since there has been an EM, and I don’t see a purpose for me, based upon the charter that elected me and the people that elected me, I don’t see it. I wasn’t elected to serve an independent contractor,” he said. ”To sit at that table and act as if we’re making meaningful decisions that have to be approved by an independent contractor is not something that I can see going on.”
Then there was this little threat from Mr. Kenyatta about the state takeover of Detroit. The Motor City Muckracker reported:
Councilman Kwame Kenyatta and a packed room of Detroiters warned today of an impending revolt against state intervention, urging residents to stock up on canned food and supplies.
“Even the Bloods in the hood fight for their territory,” Kenyatta said during a 20-minute monologue on the civil rights struggle at today’s city council meeting. “You are going to have to drag me out of here for me to leave.”
Kenyatta cited Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an intellectual and civil rights icon, because of his position that black people must sacrifice their lives, if necessary, to win freedom and the right to vote. Many in the audience stood up and applauded.
One by one, Detroiters pledged to take to the streets once Gov. Rick Snyder appoints an emergency manager, which is expected Thursday or Friday. Others threatened to block the entrance of city hall.Article
Mr. Kenyatta was earning an annual salary of $74,000 as a member of the Detroit City Council. He will receive retirement benefits. He lost his home to foreclosure several years ago.
Kingfish note: Here is one of his long-winded speeches. City is burning and you get long speeches on "ancestors" and "democracy" instead of actual leadership on the problems facing Detroit. He speaks of slavery and Rosa Parks but nothing about actual problem-solving. Kind of like the Jackson Public School Board last year when members screamed about due process and their "rights" and avoided discussing actual problems in our public schools. This is a disappointing hire by Chokwe Lumumba. Instead of hiring the best and brightest of the black community, he hires those who specialize in blowing up cities.