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Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has been hailed by a top American newspaper as a ‘hero” over his efforts to contain the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 in Kenya.

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.

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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.

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Koriema Safi