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Uhuru’s neice, Nana Gecaga pens emotional message as she exits as KICC boss

Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) outgoing CEO Nana Gecaga has penned an emotional message as her tenure as top boss at the institution ends.

Sharing photos of herself and incoming acting CEO Patricia Ondeng, Nana expressed her gratitude for the seven years of duty at KICC and for having had the pleasure of serving three presidents.

“In life, everything happens for a reason and a season. One of my seasons has ended, while my next season is just starting.

29th December 2022, I ended my 7 years of duty as @kiccceo @kiccc and 14 years in government, and successfully served THREE PRESIDENTS OF KENYA and 26 years altogether in the hospitality industry. I want to thank my CS, Madam @Pen. I wish to thank my PS Ummi Bashir of @JohnOloltua and my Chair and my entire board and of course, the entire staff at KICC,” Nana Gecaga said.

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“Lastly I would like to thank all the stakeholders local and International who have contributed to the success of in the last 7 years and I ask that you continue to support and walk with the new Acting CEO Madam Patricia Ondeng. It has been a real honour and privilege to serve as CEO and thank you. Congratulations to New Acting CEO Madam Patricia Ondeng and wish you all the success and well done. Thank you and goodbye,” she said.

Nana was appointed KICC’s acting Managing Director in 2016 by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

Her appointment to the position has always been questioned by a section of Kenyans who believe she was given the appointment due to her family relations with former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Ms Gecaga is the daughter of Jeni Wambui, who is a daughter to the first President of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and Udi Gecaga, son of Jemimah Gecaga.

During a one-on-one interview with KTN reporter Brenda Kerubo, the mother of three explained that although she is related to President Uhuru Kenyatta, she did not receive any favours to help advance her career.

Ms Gecaga said she had to work hard to climb up the corporate ladder.

“If the case would be that I am the Presidents niece and I had it easier, then we (the KICC) would be dormant. The president does not come sit here and give me ideas; he does not come and make sure that everything is working fine. So, that is a perception, and it is about breaking that perception,” said Ms Gecaga.

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She added: “We may come from a specific family but you may also have people coming from fantastic families and do nothing with their lives. We have people who come from families that are may be less known and have become leaders and visionaries in their own right. So I think we need to stop labelling people.”

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