Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria and Interior CS Kithure Kindiki on Tuesday morning missed signing their performance contract after they were locked out of State House in Nairobi for turning up late.
Kindiki and Kuria were among several Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and Parastatal Heads who were locked out of State House for arriving late for the performance contract signing.
Speaking during the event, President William Ruto expressed his disappointment in those who came late for the signing.
“I do not know whether it is because these performance contracts have been going on for 20 years that many people maybe mistakenly think that it is a ritual and that is why people resort to the old incompetent excuses that there was traffic for them not to be in the most important public function,” said President Ruto.
“We have a job because we have a contract. If you cannot keep time with your employer, you have basically dismissed yourself, it is as simple as that,” he added.
President Ruto said he was expecting a written explanation from members of the executive on why they were late.
“So for those who are late, who are members of the executive, I will be expecting a written explanation and it should not include matters of traffic, on why they do not take these performance contracts seriously. Because if you do not take this performance contracting seriously, it means we do not take the contract with the people of Kenya on performance seriously and that could be a serious indictment on anybody,” said the Head of State.
Also locked out of State House was Council of Governors Chair Anne Waiguru.
Meanwhile, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said there was no way the President could arrive earlier to a meeting than those meeting with him.
“The President already arrived and seated then that is when you come in. The traffic in Nairobi is not a new thing, you knew there was a meeting. I was here by 7:30 A.M., the Prime Cabinet Secretary was also here by 7:30 A.M. and the meeting was to start at 9 A.M.,” said DP Gachagua.
Among the CSs who made it in time and signed their contracts are Sports CS Ababu Namwamba, Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua, Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, and Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi.