Recently appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts Rashid Echesa Mohammed has requested Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua to explore possibility of relocating his office from the easily accessible Nairobi’s Kencom House.
The request is informed by difficulty the new CS has experienced since being appointed and sworn into office. He has now been forced to dump his official limousine and make use of an incognito civilian vehicle to avoid friends following him everywhere.
Sources from his office told Kenya Live News that a large group of friends of the CS drawn from both ODM and NASA have inundated him at his new office seeking to broker all manner of deals, for idle talk and to canvas for appointments to positions within the ministry.
Among those seeing Rashid on a daily basis are controversial Kakamega County Jubilee activist Stanley Livondo who is now shadowing the new CS everywhere.
Also among the daily visitors are a junior officials of the ODM party who remember Rashid as their former National Youth Chairman.
As a young man with the ear of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, CS Rashid Mohammed has inevitably caught the eye of numerous young women who visit his office seeking to have a private word with him.
The daily jam of humanity to the CS’s office has seriously disrupted business at the Ministry headquarters which is based on the 2nd floor of Kencom House.
Because CS Mohammed is finding it hard to discharge his daily duties which include meeting senior staff, receiving delegations and going to State House for consultations, the Chief of Staff and Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua has been alerted and is investigating how the ministry can be moved from Kencom House.
In the national budget on 2016/2017 financial year, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts received a total allocation of Sh8.6 billion. The ministry comprises of departments of Sports, Office of the Sports Registrar, Culture, Permanent Presidential Music Commission, Kenya National Archives and Documentation Services, Library Services, Records Management, The Arts and Film Services.
There are also Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs) namely Sports Kenya, Kenya Academy of Sports, National Sports Fund, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Cultural Centre, Kenya Film Commission, Kenya Film Classification Board and the Kenya National Library Service. Others include National Heroes Council, Anti-Doping Agency Kenya and Natural Products Industry Agency.