Davis Chirchir and Aisha Jumwa Trail All CSs as Worst-Performing – TIFA

Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir has been ranked the worst-performing CS in President William Ruto’s Cabinet.

A report released by TIFA on Wednesday indicated that Chirchir, who has been struggling to contain outrage over hiked fuel prices and power outages, scored 19 per cent, with his Gender counterpart, Aisha Jumwa, scoring 23. 

National Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u was ranked the third worst-performing at 24 per cent, tying with his Water and Lands Minitries counterpart Zachariah Njeru and Land’s CS Alice Wahome.

Labour’s Florence Bore (25 per cent), Trade’s Rebecca Miano (27 per cent), Public Service’s Moses Kuria (27 per cent), EAC’s Peninah Malonza (27 per cent and Cooperatives Development’s Simon Chelugui (31 per cent) rounded the top 10.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir appearing before the National Dialogue Committee on November 6, 2023.


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According to TIFA, the ratings were based on the public’s awareness of the individual CSs and trust that they will deliver their mandate and effectively communicate the operations of their ministries. 

Kenyans were also concerned with the CS’s commitment to addressing issues facing them, actively straightening operations in their ministries, as well as honesty in revealing crises bedevilling their dockets. 

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki emerged as the best performing in the Cabinet with a 65 per cent approval rating, followed by Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi (62 per cent), Education’s Ezekiel Machogu (58 per cent), Transport’s Kipchumba Murkomen (57 per cent) and Health’s Susan Nakhumincha (57 per cent).

In the past week, Chirchir was at pains to explain the third countrywide power outage in less than six months.

The outage followed hiked fuel prices, which retail at Ksh217.36, Ksh203.47 and Ksh203.06 for petrol, diesel and kerosene, respectively. The fuel prices remained above the Ksh200 mark, with Kenyans feeling the pain both at pumps and at food stores, which increased the cost of products. 

In the findings, 84 per cent of respondents also agreed that the state of Kenya’s economy was worse than it had been a year ago, while only 7 per cent claimed it was better.

As a result, 87 per cent were forced to reduce their personal expenditure due to the high cost of living.

The main affected sectors include transport (15 per cent), clothing (9 per cent) and entertainment (8 per cent).

Since February this year, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki has consistently been ranked the best-performing CS for his handling of security matters across the country. He received the nod from various surveys, including Infotrak. The CS was also featured on Kenyans.co.ke annual Top 100 Kenyans awards

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