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Ruto hands Hussein Mohammed, David Mugonyi separate roles in State House Communication

President William Ruto has removed the role of Deputy Head of the Presidential Communication Service (PCS) from Hussein Mohammed’s job description at the State House.

A circular by the Head of State released via an Executive order on January 9, 2023, however, retains Mohammed as State House Spokesperson.

David Mugonyi will meanwhile also retain his role as the Presidential Communication Service (PCS) boss.

Mohammed, a renowned TV journalist, was named both State House Spokesperson and PCS Deputy Head in a raft of appointments made by the Head of State in 2022.

Mohammed, a former Citizen TV news anchor, joined Deputy President William Ruto’s campaign team in early 2022 ahead of the August 2022 polls.

He served as head of communications at the presidential campaign secretariat and was, alongside the likes of Dennis Itumbi, credited with providing communication and messaging during the grueling campaign period leading to the polls.

Mohammed was also pictured preparing Rigathi Gachagua for the Deputy Presidential debate against Azimio candidate Martha Karua.

Mugonyi, a former journalist attached to the Nation Media Group, has worked for President Ruto’s communication team for the past decade at a time he served as the Deputy President based at the Harambee Annex and Karen residence. He is one of the few trusted allies and strategists of the Head of State.

The Communications team based at State House, Nairobi, also includes Emmanuel Talam, who previously worked at Kenya Television Network (KTN).

Following the changes, Nairobi News understands PCS which is headed by Mugonyi, has been delinked from the Spokesman Office.

This means Hussein Mohammed now leads his own office and team to communicate policy matters on behalf of the President while Mugonyi leads the reportage communications for the President.

Thus, the Office of the Spokesperson will no longer strictly consult with the Presidential Communication Service as has been.

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