Greetings ma’am. First of all, let me just say I was pretty excited when the president raided the private sector for brilliant minds to run Government Ministries. It was a breath of fresh air. The politicians were gone-well not all of them. There was hope. It was a new day. Even the rolled sleeves & red ties gave the impression that a new dawn had risen in Kenya.
Cabinet Secretaries were handed a poisoned chalice. They had to balance between their KPIs (for the laymen, that means Key Performance Indicators) politics to better deliver in their respective dockets. You Madam Secretary “hit the jackpot” if I may say. The Ministry of Devolution absorbed other Ministries- Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Regional Development, Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan & Special Projects, Ministry of Northern Kenya & Arid Lands and the Ministry of Planning.
You, Madam Secretary was charged with driving the Devolution Agenda for the Government & we were sure you were up to the task- No one would be charged with such a role if they didn’t deserve it. I’ll give it you, the Huduma Centers for me were like getting that girl I had a crush on in Primary School to share her Chocolate bar with me-That was the best moment in my childhood life-That is how the Huduma Centers made Kenyans feel. Service to the people. Fast and efficient service. The National Youth Service did a lot of good in communities-cleaning up slums, mobilizing the Youth in more positive ways & creating much needed employment in Kenya.
Now, I don’t know where it all went wrong. I most certainly will not try to be you said “vindictive and ill intentioned” and surely, I don’t want to-again as you said “distract you from the work you have been doing for the Ministry over the last two years”
People are begging for your blood Madam Secretary. You blew the whistle on the NYS Scandal in your Ministry. Kudos for that. Somehow, when other Cabinet Secretaries-A Cabinet Secretary is the Chief Accounting Officer in any Ministry- were forced to step aside when irregularities were reported in their Ministries, you remained unscathed. Humor me for a minute Madam Secretary; Say you send your house help to buy a 2 KG packet of Sugar on Monday and on Wednesday, she asks for some more money to buy sugar. How would you feel? You are after all the chief accounting officer in the house. Would you not query how your house consumed 2 KGs of sugar in 2 days & you did not have a Chama meeting?
That is how Kenyans feel Madam Secretary. Your Office bought 20 Pens worth Sh 174,000- that’s roughly Sh 8,700 per pen. Now the records don’t show whether the quantity-20-was in units or boxes. So, humor me again, a box of pens-Bic- has 50 units; So, that’s Sh 174 per pen. A Bic Pen-I’m assuming that’s what normal offices use- is Sh 25 at the most at market price. Where’s the justification in that? Now, something even more simpler. Flash disks. At market price, you can get a 4 GB Flash Disk at a cost of between Sh 700-900. Your office bought 100 units at a unit cost of Sh 2,425. How is that even justifiable Madam Secretary?
I get it. You cannot micro-manage everything. You should be able to trust your lieutenants to carry out their work professionally, as any good Manager should. I had a boss once, she trusted her junior staff to make decisions; She was very keen though when it came to signing documents, she would look over everything-not that she didn’t trust her junior staff, but because the buck stopped with her. So, Madam Secretary, in your Ministry, where does the buck stop?
I’ve tried coming up with scenarios as to how some of these bad things have happened to you Madam Secretary. Either you sign documents without counter-checking; meaning you trust you lieutenants a little bit too much or you just don’t care. I highly doubt it’s the latter. What you did for Kenyan slums, cleaning them up when everyone had neglected them shows that you care. Creating Huduma Centers show that you care about efficient service delivery to ordinary Kenyans.
So, what happened Madam Secretary?
I’m sorry that they make you sit through Parliament committees trying to explain yourself & how you run the Ministry. Just between you and I, I also don’t think they are the smartest chaps out there. It’s like calling a kettle black. No, wait, it’s more like a zebra laughing at a donkey for being too ugly-they are both donkeys to be honest.
You have been vindicated online. Memes (ask whoever is paid to consult on digital matters what a meme is) have been created. You are the top trending topic on social media. You are not being given the space to work. Your personal character is being tainted. I’m sorry this is happening to you. As is said in the beginning of this letter, I’m such a big fan. So, Madam Secretary, what’s your side of the story? Who do Kenyans blame?