President Kenyatta reinstates his communications team

President Kenyatta reinstates his communications team

State House has reinstated four directors and three deputies to the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) but insists that the team has to improve on “coherency and consistency of messaging”.

In a statement to newsrooms, deputy chief of staff and public service, Nzioka Waita, admitted that “whereas the team was facing challenges in executing its mandate”.

Waita further moved to assure the public that the team remains intact and will work towards resolving its issues.

On Wednesday seven members of PSCU among them Munyori Buku, Senior Director Public Communications, Dennis Itumbi Digital and Diaspora Communications Director, Eric Ng’eno, head of the Messaging docket at the Presidency and James Kinyua, the Branding and Events Directorate in the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit(PSCU) received internal communication asking them to stay at home until such a time as they would be recalled.

Access to State House was also denied until Friday when they were summoned for a meeting.

A source told Citizen Digital that President Uhuru Kenyatta read out the Riot Act to the team.

The President, registering his displeasure and disappointment with the way the team was portraying him locally and globally, said the team had embarrassed him.

At the end of his lecture, the President warned the team to sort out the mess and forge a working relationship.

The team immediately after, held a brief meeting with the entire communication team including State House spokesperson and head of communications Manoah Esipisu where they resolved to put their differences aside and work towards the same goal.

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Story By Wangui Ngechu
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