CS Mutua denies claims DP Gachagua has taken over his foreign affairs powers
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua on Thursday denied claims that he had delegated his roles to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s office.
While appearing before the National Assembly Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations, Mutua said he had not given away his mandate.
He insisted that the DP meetings with diplomatic delegations were just “meetings to follow up on issues”.
“Asking people to have meetings to follow up on issues is not giving our mandate away. This has been happening for a long time,” Mutua said.
“What we did is basically a new trend, it is happening in the UK as well where you do not need to go through a state department. We are introducing this to cut the bureaucracy.”
Kamkunji MP Yussuf said the CS allowing the Office of the Deputy President to manage diplomatic affairs is “a terrible indictment and a complete failure” on the ministry. To which Mutua responded, “I have brought ambassadors here who have served outside who can affirm that we are not delegating.”
“We still approve. But we have changed the aspect of booking a meeting faster for the benefit of our people.”
He added, “The president is the number one diplomat. The deputy basically plays the role the president is supposed to play. DP Gachagua is a very formal man. He calls me, we write letters and interact. His success in life is from how organized he is. That will help with our efficiency.”
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