Kibisu Kabatesi Resigns as Secretary of Strategic Communication


Veteran Public communication strategist Kibisu Kabatesi, who was appointed as Secretary of Strategic Communication at the office of Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, has resigned.

Kibisu, who was appointed to the position in March this year, resigned through a letter dated October 25, citing personal reasons and consequently asked for payment of all arrears due on his resignation date. 

“Vide this letter, may I humbly request for payment for all my accumulated dues/arrears simultaneously with my resignation,” he stated in the letter addressed to PCS Musalia Mudavadi’s office. 

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, he lamented that he was unable to continue in his role due to his inability to compromise on his stands, thus forcing him to leave office on November 1 this year. 

Communication Veteran Kibisu Kabatesi during a consultative forum in Vihiga County on April 20, 2022

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”On the grounds of speaking uncomfortable truth to power, I couldn’t compromise my conscience. Therefore, continued stay in government is untenable,” Kibisu noted.

The communication expert, in his letter of resignation, also thanked the President for the opportunity to work as he mentioned November 1 as his final date in the position.

”I would like to thank H.E. The President for the opportunity accorded to me to serve in the above capacity. I also thank you verily for the time and support accorded to me while serving under you,”

”I would have wished that we continued the great work of streamlining Government communications to create a conversation between Government and its Citizens, save that for personal reasons, I undertake to resign from the position of Secretary, Government Strategic Communications effective November 1, 2023,” Kibisu stated.

Kibisu, who has served in his position for barely a year, leaves the position amid speculations about the reason for his resignation. Reports allege that he fell out with powerful power brokers at State House over the botched transfer of the office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary from Railways to the Old Treasury Building. 

”I do this with a clear conscience and utmost humility that my talents will find utility at another time in the service of our great country.” Kibisu further stated in his letter.

Kibisu Kabatesi, while in his role, was tasked with strategic communications for the Kenya Kwanza government for all ministries and departments under the open government approach.

The long-serving aide to the Prime Cabine Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has also served in various capacities prior to his appointment, including an illustrious career in the media and Public communication.

He served as director of communications in election campaigns for Raila Odinga in 2007, for Musalia Mudavadi in 2013, and for Nasa Coalition in 2017.

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