Former government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe has been named the new ICT Principal Administrative Secretary.
Kiraithe, previously served as the Kenya Police spokesman and Chief of Security at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). His successor Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna was appointed in May 7, 2019.
Rtd. Col. Oguna was formerly the spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces. He is renowned for his tough and articulate statements particularly when the KDF entered Somalia in 2011, an entry that was dubbed Operation Linda Nchi.
According to local media, he faded from the limelight when KDF and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) joined forces.
During his median address, Col’ Rtd Cyrus Oguna says 32 million Kenyans have already registered in the ongoing exercise as the government moves to create, manage and store data on the country’s population.
The last-minute rush by Kenyans to register is evident by long queues at designated registration centres across the country. Oguna reiterated that the government will not be extending the deadline.
A spot check by KBC Thursday Wednesday revealed that hundreds of people queuing for hours to get registered with only two days left to the conclusion of the exercise Saturday.
Oguna promised to be transparent to Kenyans during his tenure. He also promised to co-operate with media and ensuring government information being relayed to the public are factual.
He has also committed to continuing with the culture of Thursday press conferences. Oguna at the same time expressed the government’s commitment in expanding the digital economy referencing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s launch of the digital Economy Blueprint for Africa while attending the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali Rwanda on Wednesday.
Oguna is a career military officer and has held various positions in the management of personnel, operations, training and communications within the Kenya Défense Forces and government. Before his appointment, he served as the Joint National and Resource Mapping Project Spokesman.
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