Mudavadi turns down decision to move his office from Railways

Prime Cabinet Secretary and CS, Foreign and Diaspora Affairs. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has objected the decision to move his office from the Kenya Railways Headquarters to the Old Treasury building where the Foreign Affairs ministry is headquartered. 

Mudavadi, through his official platforms, responded via X, formerly Twitter, and Facebook, indicating that his office will continue being in its current address - the Railways headquarters. 

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Office of the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs remains at the Railways Headquarters,” the statement, which was confirmed by a communication officer from Mudavadi’s office, read in part. 

Moses Kuria, the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management, was to occupy Mudavadi’s office, which has so far been refurbished to enhance its executive status. 

Head of Public Service Felix Koskei had directed all civil servants to take note of their designated areas.

“All Ministries and State Departments are directed to take note of their designated head office as well as the other ministerial head offices and to thereafter make the requisite arrangements to secure compliance,” noted Koskei.

Koskei added that locating all ministerial head offices within Government Square seeks to foster synergy in the implementation of the bottom-up economic agenda. 

The changes came a few days after President William Ruto reshuffled his cabinet in a move he said was aimed at enhancing service delivery.

It is believed that the decision to move Kuria’s office to Railways headquarters was informed by the fact that in the reshuffle, President Ruto transferred the State Department of Performance and Delivery Management from Mudavadi to Kuria’s new ministry its officers have already set base there. 

When The Standard reached Kuria over the decision by Mudavadi to object to moving to Foreign Affairs, he said he could even work from the OTC bus station since he was focused on delivering rather than being in a luxurious office. 

“I am a person of mtaani (streets), and I can work from anywhere. In three and half years to come, we will not be judged by the loftiness and magnificence of our services but by delivering results.

It is the second time Kuria would have moved office, having first relocated from Two Rivers Mall to the NSSF building.

 Youth Affairs and Sports will move to the newly launched Talanta Plaza in Upper Hill.