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How Uhuru mistakenly attended homecoming party for PS he had just replaced

"I was passing by and I noticed this crowd"

How President Uhuru Kenyatta mistakenly attended homecoming party for PS Safina Kwekwe after she had just been replaced

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday confessed the difficult position his handlers put him in after he made a roadside stop-over to a homecoming ceremony for a PS he had just rendered jobless.

On Friday evening, President Kenyatta announced reshuffle of Principal Secretaries which had seen Julius Korir moved to the State Department for Public Services.

The reshuffle did not announce the fate of Safina Kwekwe who had held the position of PS in the Public Service and Gender Services.

Coincidentally, Kwekwe had planned a big homecoming ceremony in her native Kinango constituency which was to take place the next morning.


President Kenyatta made a surprise visit to the homecoming ceremony, saying he had been making a low-key inspection of development projects when he noticed a big function with government vehicles.

He went on to explain that the impromptu visit had given him the opportunity to correct the mistakes which had taken place in the Friday appointments.

“We were touring the area inspecting projects when I saw a crowd and I noticed government flags. Upon entering, we were surprised to see it was the PS’s meeting. This has given me an opportunity to do two things, first, to thank you for giving a PS to work with.”

Secondly, I did some little changes in government on Friday. Very minimal changes. I will yet I again have to make changes on Monday because I made a small mistake. Like Dr Francis Owino, I transferred him from Youth Affairs to Commerce and Industrialization."  

"I placed someone (Julius Korir) on his place. Unfortunately, those who issued the announcement made it look like the replacement was taking over Sabina Kwekwe's docket. As I had said earlier, the new PS will move to Owino's Youth department. We want her to continue with her good work,” Kenyatta said.


The President went ahead and made a personal donation of Sh1 million in aid of Kwekwe’s former school - Mwangoni Primary School.

He also directed the Ministry of Education to allocate Sh10 million towards the school’s development.


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