Foreign Permanent Secretary Ambassador Macharia Kamau was on the receiving end of Kenyans’ wrath on Wednesday for terming Jerotich Seii as a nincompoop.
Ms Seii was in KTN’s Inside Politics show as a panelist, where she questioned he government’s insatiable quest for loans, that it does not account for.
Seii gave an example of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which is yet to achieve its economic goal in the region. The line was supposed to go up to Malaba border, but the government announced that it would end at Naivasha, after failing to secure a new loan to extend it to the Western region.
She further predicted that the Chinese loans advanced to Kenya was a sinister plan to occupy Kenya, and finally take over the country’s important economic assets.
This irked the PS, who took to Twitter to rant terming Seii as a nincompoop who did not understand the dynamics of economy.
“Can you imagine what her ilk would have said at the turn of the 19th Century? Kilindini Harbour and the “lunatic express” being built on loans as it was. It’s a wonder we are still not slaves!! Where do they find these nincompoops? Where would kenya be without the loans and rail?” posed Kamau.
“Free speech in kenya is the scream of cliche, ignorance and psychological dementia brought on by minds warped by thousands of western financed workshops and freebie “training programs.” We don’t need a million Chinese at our gates to ruin our country, not with our talking heads.”
Kamau was confronted by several public figures who felt that the sentiments should never come from a leader of his stature. One of them was KTN’s Ben Kitili, who first doubted whether the account was authentic.
“Bwana PS, if this is your real account, Kenyans expect more sobriety and class from a diplomat of your stature… why the arrogance when your government is simply being asked to be accountable for the debt Kenyans are incurring?” wrote Kitili.
Lawyers Donald Kipkorir and Ahmednasir Abdullahi were also quick to react to the post.
“Ambassador Kamau is normally sober and gentle…this is unlike him…a few lessons in anger management is recommended…” said Abdullahi.
Kipkorir told off the PS telling him that he did not deserve to be in public service due o his conduct.
@JerotichSeii , a leading conscientious Citizen, you broke Chapter 6 of the Constitution & the Public Officer Ethics Act . You don’t deserve to be in public service & President Uhuru Kenyatta has no choice but dismiss you. You have disgraced your office. SHAME ON YOU,” said Kipkorir.
The PS however showed the Kenyans a middle finger, saying that he would not withdraw the statement, neither would he apologise to Seii.
“Ok guys. Some clarity. free speech is sacrosanct.That was never my contention. Mine is the manner of the uptake by some. The reason I like this medium is precisely because it avails feedback. Some welcome, some not so. But all good. And FYI the views here are personal. Tuendele!” he said.