The former mayor of New York Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani once said, “it is in times of crisis that good leaders emerge.” Mayor Giuliani, himself a flawed man, was admired by many on how he handled the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. A lot has also been said about Winston Churchill and how he rallied the British people during the Second world war and led the country from the brink of defeat to victory. Both Giuliani and Churchill were good speakers who knew how to calm people in the midst of the storm. Hon. Mutahi Kagwe has been praised by many Kenyans on how he has handled the Corona Virus outbreak in country.
Hon. Kagwe political journey started in 2002 when he was elected as a member of Parliament for Mukurweini constituency on a National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (Narc) party ticket. In parliament, he served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Trade, Tourism and Planning.
In 2005, Former President Mwai Kibaki appointed Hon. Kagwe as the Cabinet Minister for Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
A little unknown fact is that it was during Hon. Mutahi Kagwe’s tenure in the ICT docket that Kenyan transitioned from the satellite technology to the current Fibre Optic technology that saw an increase in internet speeds and opened Kenya to the rest of the world.
It was Hon. Kagwe, together
with his Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo, that led the construction of the
Transformational East African Marine System (TEAMS). This was the first Fibre
Optic Project in Eastern Africa.
The laying of the
Fibre optic cable paved way for Mpesa transactions. The first mobile money
transfer in the world.
Hon.Mutahi Kagwe also
served as the senator for Nyeri County from 2013 to 2017. He ran for nomination
of the Nyeri gubernatorial seat and lost the race to the late Wahome Gakuru
His appointment to
the Health docket has been well received by many Kenyans and more so, his handling
of the corona virus pandemic. Many Kenyans regard him as a performer. His political
star will continue to rise and his name might be a constant feature in 2022
political matrix. The one thing that works to Mutahi Kagwe’s advantage is his appeal
that cuts across the national spectrum.
His elevated national
status will cause many people to start asking the question, is he the next
political kingpin in Mt. Kenya.
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