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