A closer look at two brothers in the limelight, Mutahi Kagwe, and Dan Kagwe, reveals two sides of a coin.
The two brothers born in Nyeri Kenya have each made a name for themselves, both serving in the public service.
Before his appointment as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe has long been known as a devoted public servant who served in the Kibaki government as Minister for ICT.
Unknown to many, Mutahi’s brother, Dan Kagwe, is also serving in government after appointment by the president in July 2016 as the Postmaster General and acting Chief Executive Officer at the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK).
While many Kenyans have commended Mutahi on his thoroughness in his role as the CS for Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the same cannot be said for his brother Dan.
When Dan Kagwe took over as Posta CEO, his reform-oriented style of leadership, managed to bring major changes to Posta.
Top on his major goals at Posta was digitizing the mailing sector in Kenya, a move that was welcomed with both hands. However, this was shortlived.
Posta workers have long claimed that Dan Kagwe has mismanaged PCK leading into massive losses.
News of a financially unstable Posta quickly came up after the extension of Dan’s tenure as the postmaster general was announced by ICT CS, Joe Mucheru.
The state corporation’s employees accused Dan of bleeding the parastatal dry, citing that salaries being delayed had become a norm.
Here is the latest notice to Posta Kenya staff of salaries being delayed:
Workers have also accused Posta of failing to remit statutory dues and settle payments to suppliers.
Kenyans can’t help but compare the two
With the glaring differences in the leadership of the two brothers, Kenyans can’t help but compare the two.
Mutahi Kagwe has won the hearts of Kenyans due to his humanistic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging through Kenya.
On the other hand, Kenyans have condemned his brother, Dan on his poor management of the PCK.
The two brothers seem to have lived up to the saying that goes, “There’s always two sides to the coin if you have the patience to see.”