CS Kagwe, who has maintained a steady voice in calling on Kenyans to follow government’s directive to contain the spread, was named alongside two other leaders who have also been working tirelessly to control the outbreak of the virus in their respective countries.
In the article that appeared in Wall Street Journal, writer Sam Walker hailed CS Kagwe, director of South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Dr Jung Eun-kyeong and UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries as leaders who have been on the front line to contain the pandemic and restore calm among citizens in their countries describing them and “career deputies”.
Hailing the CS Walker in his article, Walker wrote;
“As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, a funny thing is happening. The leaders who have distinguished themselves under pressure are rarely the bold, charismatic, impulsive, self-regarding, politically calculating alphas we’ve elected.”
“The real heroes have been, for lack of a better term, career deputies…Kenya’s unlikely coronavirus hero is Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe, a businessman with an MBA who had washed out of elective office.”
“Mr. Kagwe projects calm, emphasizes evidence and urges Kenyans to face facts, a style one senator described as ‘a breath of fresh air.”
The Wall Street Journal article attracted loads reactions online, with Kenyans commending the CS for his efforts.
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) April 5, 2020
Kagwe's communication skill is out of this world. The guy manages expectations,emotions, anxiety and initiates a conversation addressing each target audience in a way they can understand. He is a calvary arriving at the right time.
— Sherry Kochiyo (@SherryKochiyo) April 5, 2020
Congratulations to our own Mutahi Kagwe….featured in Wallstreet Journal as an emerging hero. @MOH_Kenya should be glad to have him at this time. Of 200 countries battling #CoronavirusPandemic they could only see our own… pic.twitter.com/rFOJXOfJDZ
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) April 5, 2020
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