The first thing one has to do after securing a job is to align their preferences with those of the new company and if that new boss is the president, then looking sharp and presentable no longer becomes an option.
This fact was as true for Jubilee Party activist and former student leader Zachary Kinuthia who had to abandon his trademark hairstyle for a trimmer version after President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education.
Kinuthia was known for his over-the-top afro that he kept and maintained year after year but before his swearing-in on Friday, January 17, he checked into a barbershop and trimmed it before sharing his new look on social media as he often does.
While announcing his swearing-in ceremony, the new Education CAS also listed down a number of issues he intended to accomplish in his new role.
His commitments included vocational education expansion, the roll-out of the competency-based curriculum and the 100% transition from primary to secondary school.
"I can talk at length. But the days of much talking are over, now the era of work-at-hand is here. The days of words have given way to the days of works.
"No doubt folks, that a generational responsibility has been placed on my shoulders. I am cognisant that this is a moment to reckon," stated Kinuthia.
"It is a great moment that over 25 million young men and women are now looking to the five ladies and one gentleman, who assumed the roles of CAS, to prove that youth is not a word. It is not a group. It is not a behemoth," he continued.
He also disclosed that the appointment had made him reflect on his life and where he was headed.
"Over the last week, I have reflected contemplatively on matters national, personal, past and the future. I have come to many conclusions. I have assumed forthwith, many resolutions," he added before thanking Uhuru for bestowing him the honour.
Kinuthia was one of the top appointees by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, January 14, for numerous government jobs.
Kinuthia’s appointment made him the youngest person serving in that position, ostensibly meeting the demands of youthful Kenyans who had consistently put President Uhuru to task for seemingly favouring older former politicians.
In his new role, he is expected to be the de facto deputy of the no-nonsense Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
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