President Sacks Press Team, Kenyan Cartoonist Mocks The Move


President Uhuru Kenyatta dissolved his Communication Unit (PSCU) with immediate effect for lacking formal organzation in its communication and a series of blunder.

The President, through a memo signed by the deputy Head of Public Service Nzioka Waita, disbanded four directors who were in charge of different departments in the unit.

Among the directors are Munyori Buku, who was the Senior Director Public Communications, Dennis Itumbi, who was Digital and Diaspora Communications Director, Eric Ng’eno, who headed the Messaging docket at the Presidency and James Kinyua, spearheaded Branding and Events Directorate in the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

The president retained Manoah Esipisu, as State House spokesman and head of communication. The memo sent to the affected staff only tells them that “the happenings at the office will be explained in detail” when President Kenyatta comes back from Botswana.

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The President got back into the country on Wednesday with the fate of his communications staff having been concluded. But the real motive behind the dismissal has raised conflicting reports.

Some said that the team had been fired but there have been signs that the team would be involved in other government operations. That is to said they were transferred to other departments outside the Communication Unit.

Social media users have suggested the team was sacked to get ready for next year’s election as they are to lead the president’s re-election campaign next year.

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Some reporters have also linked the president’s move to have been sparked by his frustration over their unilateral and conflicting statements on every matter affecting the government.

The latest incident was a verbose and badly written statement in reaction to a New York Times article that they thought had maligned President Kenyatta. The article was about the president’s past case at the International Criminal Court

Following the several conflicting reports, Kenyan cartoonist Gathara expressed his reaction over the conflicting news about the fate of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s communication team, which has reportedly been sacked.