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The blunder that drove government spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna out of public domain

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(Government spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna)

Long before he was appointed the government spokesman, the Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna was one of the most sought for communication specialist.

Kenyans still remember with nostalgia the retired colonel, then serving as Kenya Defense Forces Public Affairs boss and Spokesman at the onset of Operation Linda Nchi, a position he held for three years, between 2011 – 2013, would give clarification word for word on how the Kenya’s KDF were flashing out the alshabaab militants.

If you remember how KDF crushed Al shabab in Somalia then you must have followed the timely, perfect and precise update about our soldiers success inside the territory of Alshabab through Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna.

Then came his celebrated appointment as government spokesman. He began his new job with remarkable briefs that depicted him as one of the best appointments President Uhuru Kenyatta ever made. Kenyans were moved by his eloquence, his spoken Swahili during Likoni ferry channel odeal that left a mother and her child dead. Then came the cases of flood menace, mudslides, census and number just to name a few. In all his public appearances, his choice of words, attires and the grounded background depicted a man who is highly intelligent and upto the task of a government’s spokesperson.

The Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna must have felt on top of the world as Kenyans were talking highly of him. This was the period he could be invited from one forum to the other, he could represent the government in many public events, visit TV screens to clarify a phenomenon and government’s stand on some emerging issues. The notable event was the Public Relations Society of Kenya, PRSK, event that happened late last year in Mombasa.

Going by the kind words on Oguna’s person, he became overconfident within short period of time. He forgot to do thorough research, vital consultations, and this is what saw him volunteerily avail his neck to the chop board where he met the wrath of Kenya’s number one bully, Miguna Miguna.

Though he tried as a trained communication officer but his ill-preparedness especially on the aviation basics almost exposed him as an incompetent fella.

The shame that resulted from the interview, that saw him go off network quite often, has kept the man who started his new assignment with lots of vigour, temerity out of the limelight.

The holder of Master of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi, is literally hiding from the full glare of the cameras.

His advisors are said to be back on the drawing board after the big shame that they subjected their boss into. We all agree that Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna talked with the least level of expertise. Honestly, the former military man appeared shallow in the whole interview.

You’ll agree with me that Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna needed a half a day consultation with experts on matters aviation before facing off with self-declared NRM General Miguna Miguna.


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