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Colonel (Rtd) Oguna replaces Kiraithe as government spokesman

The  Linda  Nchi  Spokesman, Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has been appointed as the new Government Spokesman to  replace  Eric  Kiraithe.

The  Ministry  of  ICT  Cabinet Secretary (CS), Joe  Mucheru  in a statement  sent  to  newsrooms  on  Tuesday  said that  Oguna  shall now have  the oversight role of all government communication channels under the ICT Ministry.

The  statement further noted that President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a directive to move the office of the spokesperson from  Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National government to the ICT ministry, adding the government is keen on rebuilding its communication structure necessitating the changes therein.

“In line with directions from the Executive Office of the President through the Head of the Public Service, the Office of  the Government Spokesman shall be domiciled at the ICT Ministry,” the statement read.

Other  areas  that  Oguna  will oversee include Directorate of Information and all county and sub county information offices,  Department of Public Communication, National Government Communication Centre and the Government Media Centre.

He  will also have a content oversight role over the government news gathering and dissemination channels, KNA and MyGov.

Oguna  has previously held various positions relating to the management of personnel, operations and communications within the  Kenya Defense Forces and government  while Kiraithe held the position for the last five years.

This  change of guard at the helm of government communication comes barely two months after the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) commissioned a Task Force to study the status of Government communication function.

The  Task  Force  is  expected, to make recommendations on how to revamp and strengthen the institutional and operational  foundations of information and Public Communications functions in Government.

By  Alice  Gworo

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