On Sunday, celebrated radio presenter Kanze Dena made a sensational exit from Royal Media Services as she headed for her new job as the deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU.
It was her last TV show after 15 years of a TV career that started at KBC and things turned emotional as she looked back at her ascent with fans and colleagues bidding her bye bye.
The cheerful and charming media personality takes her new role in the communication teams focusing on the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging in regard to the delivery of the Big Four agenda, a lucrative career move that has many talking.
Hours after Kanze officially left her Citizen TV slot, another showbiz personality was answering a rare call from State House. Ruth Mueni, a radio host who has been based in Nakuru where she has also been working closely with the Nakuru County government received an offer of appointment to the house on the hill.
“I am pleased to convey the decision of the Public Service Commission of Kenya that you are offered appointment in the grade of Events and Branding Officer 1…for a period of three years in the State House (Presidential Strategic Communication Unit) during the tenure of H E the President with effect from the date you assume duties of the office,” the letter from State House read in part.
And barely a week ago, through a Kenya Gazette, celebrated comedian and TV personality Vincent Mwasia Mutua aka Chipukeezy got an appointment as a board member of the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada), a docket under Fred Matiang’i’s Interior and Co-ordination of National Government docket.
Chipukeezy [Photo: Courtesy]
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 6 (1) of the National Authority of the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Act, the Cabinet Secretary, Interior and Co-ordination of National Government appoints Vincent Mwasia Mutua to the members of the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board,” the Gazette notice read in part.
Since that appointment last week, Chipukeezy has been walking in his new status with confidence.
The three new youthful faces in dockets around the ruling power are just a few of the appointments that have seen President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government factor in new blood into positions that were previously a reserve for the older generation.
Not that the appointments have gone without question, the placements have drawn critics into debate as to whether the new crop will fit into the seemingly big shoes. Here are some of the online comments that followed the announcement.
“Chipukeezy who has zero talent, no tangible socio-economic achievements, no academic credentials to his name, no history of fighting drugs, has been appointed to sit in the NACADA board,” wrote Eric (@amerix).
Jaguar with President Uhuru Kenyatta [Photo: Courtesy]
“My mediocre questions what criteria do they always use in the selection of people in such calibre or they think he is influential (sic) and can reach many people or youths to what extent do they want to win the hurt (sic) of the youths and what is the promotive factors to be considered,” posed Josiah Mlai (@OngaiJosiah).
“Well, if Jaguar was there, Chipukizzy can be there too. Githeriman was the preferred choice but is unwell. Checked into rehab a few days ago,” Abu Daud (@RKI2011) alluded to sarcastically.
“At least Chipu is a youth kushinda recycling old wazee so if he is legit enough aache ile show yake ya Ebru another youth achukue tusonge mbele,” wrote Hum Babah (@humbaba95).
“Congratulations my brother. Excellent. As youth, we are being represented. The present and future of the nation,” responded Wenceslau Gathiani (@WGathiani) as one Mathias Nabutola echoed: “Congratulations being a comedian doesn’t mean you can’t work elsewhere. After all the so-called best-suited have swindled our coffers dry.”
Chipukeezy takes a position another showbiz personality, Jaguar, held before he moved into politics. Jaguar, who was among the first people to congratulate Chipukeezy had a rough time at Nacada as he seemed to be at loggerheads with some of the top officials at the board.
Right from the onset, Jaguar claimed that the State corporation had a cartel that was corrupt as he alleged a section of the board was involved in a fraud involving Sh99 million.
And within no time, he clashed openly with the then Nacada board chairman John Mututho before calling a press conference where he announced his resignation. He started his Jaguar Foundation, through which he continued to advocate against drug abuse as he helped those affected into rehabilitation, further offering them job opportunities.
Kanze and Mueni are the latest lots of young people who have their foot inside State House since media personality Dennis Itumbi and Big Ted were awarded plum jobs during President Uhuru’s first term.
As Itumbi earned himself the State House Digital Director's position to become one of the biggest mouthpieces for the Jubilee government, Big Ted landed the position of the Deputy Director in charge of State Branding and Events, a job he was well versed with as the CEO of giant entertainment company, The Main Events Company.
Dennis Itumbi with Kenya's First Family [Photo: Courtesy]
And now as it would occur, Big Ted and Mueni have a pie to share.
“It is quite a good gesture to have young people get an appointment into positions of power. That shows the government’s willingness to involve the young people in dockets they can do well. I must congratulate those who have been appointed,” said showbiz icon Nameless.
Big Ted [Photo: Courtesy]
“I really don’t see what the big fuss is all about with the critics who are questioning the ability of the likes of Chipukeezy to perform in their new appointments. I mean, these are guys who have had an influence on the lives young people for years and Chipukeezy’s appointment as a board member fits well as what Nacada does largely touch on the lives of young people. I am sure he will deliver. Let us give him time and support,” said singer Bahati.
“I just pray that the young appointees do not start playing politics. If they perform well, they will be buying trust and opening doors for more young people to be trusted in places of authority. Mine is to wish them well,” he added.