President William Ruto on Wednesday appointed former nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura as the official government spokesman.
Mwaura will be deputized by Gabriel Muthuma and former K24 and KTN news anchor, Mwanaisha Chidzuga.
The appointments end months-long search for a government mouthpiece who will help Ruto communicate his policies to Kenyans after a period of incoherence and confusion over the dissemination of information.
Mwaura had earlier been appointed as Chief Administrative Secretary at the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary.
CAS Isaac Mwaura speaking during the 70-year anniversary of Sight Savers International (Kenya) on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
Although he was sworn in, Mwaura had not started discharging his duties as CAS following a court ruling that declared the positions unconstitutional.
The position of Government Spokesperson has remained vacant for a year following the resignation of Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna in October 2022. Oguna left the position after serving for two years to join Siaya County Government as Chief of Staff.
Meanwhile, Mwaura remained loyal to President William Ruto even after he lost the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party nominations for the Ruiru parliamentary seat ahead of the August 2022 General Election.
He later unsuccessfully applied for a role in the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) and Principal Secretary (PS), before he was appointed CAS and then Government Spokesperson.
Chidzuga, a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) politician, on the other end, is the wife to Tana River senator, Danson Mungatana.
The journalist was among the new journalists unveiled at the much-hyped Radio 47 in March 2023 after she lost the Matuga Constituency parliamentary race to Tandaza Kassim Sawa of the Amani National Congress in the 2022 General Election.
“I thank God for holding my hand in the race for the Matuga parliamentary seat. However, this race was plagued by controversy and voter fraud, making sure they robbed us of our victory and citizen’s rights. The important thing is that God is for us all and for now, we are taking legal steps to ensure that Matuga’s justice stands,” she lamented while conceding defeat.
Wednesday’s appointments also follow the reshuffle of the government that saw key cabinet secretaries moved as Ruto moved to restructure his cabinet two months after he complained of incompetence.
Journalist Mwanaisha Chidzuga (left) and First Lady Rachel Ruto on Tuesday March 21, 2023
First Lady of Kenya