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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta schools his Cabinet and wants them to adopt his ‘leadership style’

President Kenyatta lamented that his Cabinet Secretaries think being a government official means just attending meetings.

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  • On Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • He lamented that his Cabinet Secretaries think being a government official means just attending meetings.
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Speaking on Monday while launching the Kenya Coast Guard Service in Liwatoni, Mombasa, President Kenyatta said he decided to sideline his secretaries in the planning of the launch of the historical milestone because they have a knack of creating unnecessary sideshows and are driven by money instead of servant leadership like him.

“I knew they would have cited a huge amount of money for the same” he said.

So, knowing his secretaries’ ‘appetite for money and petty politics’, Mr Kenyatta said he then decided to leave them in the dark and instead work with Chief of Kenya Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe.

“I knew they will start telling me about billions required and other stories. I started the plans with General Samson Mwathethe (Chief of Kenya Defence Forces) quietly as we knew some people will bring up some politics here and there,” he said.

Mr Kenyatta further disclosed that he made a quiet working visit to the Coast some time back, making impromptu visits and inspecting projects — catching government officials unawares and the CSs need to borrow a leaf from his style of leadership and ensure service is delivered the same way.

"It means going to the ground and supervising projects and asking questions about stalled ones,”

Mr Kenyatta added that, together with General Mwathethe, he made night visits to Liwatoni Fisheries Complex to recover the fish landing site.

“We used to go round at night and some of you did not even know that we were here and we finished our work and left knowing what we had planned. Why can’t CSs do the same?" he asked.

The Head of State wondered why the CSs can’t work like him and personally oversee projects, including inspecting building of roads, and not just sit in their offices and seek ‘cheap publicity’.

“The only thing we want to do is to see ourselves on TV and newspapers,” said Mr. Kenyatta.

He lamented that his Cabinet Secretaries think being a government official means just attending meetings.

“We need to work for these people. We have been given those positions so that we can work for them,” he said.

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