Conflict of Interest as CS Kagwe’s Firm Allegedly Doing PR for Health Ministry

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(CS Mutahi Kagwe at a past event)

Cabinet Secretary of Health Mutahi Kagwe, a rich man by all standards continue to make more wealth with government undeterred.

While joining President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cabinet, the former Nyeri Senator in a document tabled before parliament said he was worth Sh667.8 million and he attributed this massive wealth to his hardwork majorly from his two companies; Public Relations firm Tell-Em and a research agency TNS RMS East Africa.

“I am worth what I am worth as a result of my hard work. I started doing feasibility studies in my room at Hall 2 at the University of Nairobi and for over 40 years I must have made some money,” he said in those documents. Kagwe also own other assets.

During the last Jamhuri day, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a remark that was interpreted to be targeting to stop lawmakers from acting as lawyers for leaders facing corruption charges.

“The position is simple; you either serve the public in the role you signed up for or you serve the republic as a private practitioner. It is a profound conflict of interest to do both,” he said.

Unknown to the President that months later, his cabinet minister would be alleged to be using his own company to conduct business with the government.

You must have seen several adverts about Covid-19 in Kenya. There is one where a Kikuyu lady is talking about “selfquarantine for those coming from outside the country” and you wonder how such is still relevant to-date.

Well, sources claim that all Coronavirus adverts are allegedly done by Kagwe’s PR firm, Tell-Em, and that her daughter is the one currently overseeing the operations. If true, then he is reaping where he sow, right?

In a report tabled by Health PS Susan Mochache in parliament to give breakdown on the ministry has spent Ksh1.3 billion received from World Bank in the fight against Covid-19, the ministry of health has spent Sh70 million on its communications in the past few weeks. This includes advertising.

Kagwe’s PR company Tell-Em specializes in strategic planning, media relations, stakeholder engagement, government lobbying, corporate communication, crisis communication, and event management services. The firm’s overall operations are under Mr Joel Chacha who is the firm’s General Manager.

Sources also allege that the former Minister for Information and Communications does not joke when it comes to business. We cannot independently confirm nor deny whether this is the reason why Gatundu MP Moses Kuria is picking a fight with him or not.

While Kenyans are innocently locked in their houses not to contract the diseases, others are out to make money ‘normally’ during this coronavirus pandemic.

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