Many were elated when Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, the former Kenya Defence Forces spokesman who gave the Somali military incursion a human heart by revealing to Kenyans the joys and tears of the men in the battlefield, was appointed back in public service.
“It’s a pleasure to be appointed to communicate on behalf of the government. This is a job I look forward to executing with desire,” he said.
Oguna is known for his eloquence and mastery of both English and Swahili languages and served as the KDF spokesperson from 2011 to 2014, a period when the military recorded the highest advances in Somalia.
Once a highly secretive organization, Col (Rtd) Oguna became the face of the war when he frequented radio and TV stations to paint a picture of what was happening in Somalia.
Through the KDF Public Information Office, the officer also organized trips for journalists to travel to Somalia to cover the war and more often than not, took jibes at Al-Shabaab militants spreading propaganda about the war on various social media platforms.
After serving as the defence adviser, Col (Rtd) Oguna was posted to the National Defence College (NDC). At the NDC he served as the head of the course that he was undertaking.
Col (Rtd) Oguna was fished out of the NDC to replace Mr Eric Kiraithe as the government spokesperson.
Here are five things to know about the new government spokesman;
Before the #Handshake, a Eric Kiraithe would never have been sacked & replaced with a Cyrus Oguna … Those who don’t believe in a new Kenya need epiphany like that of Thomas … For Believers like me, it’s heavenly to be alive at this time witnessing New Kenya.
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) May 7, 2019
1. He is a University of Nairobi alumni – Oguna is an alumni of the University of Nairobi sociology department with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts from the same institution and he is currently pursuing a Masters in International Studies.
2. He was a top candidate for EACC CEO job – Oguna was among the final shortlisted candidates for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO job that Twalib Mbarak now holds. The commission received 71 applications and Oguna was among the top 13 shortlisted candidates.
3. He was the face of ‘Operation Linda Nchi’ – Oguna was the in-charge of Kenya Defense Force (KDF) Public Affairs office and Spokesman at the onset of ‘Operation Linda Nchi’ between 2011-2013. During his tenure, he was credited with providing timely updates on the KDF operations.
4. He has a Presidential award – Oguna holds the coveted Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) that the President awards to military and security personnel for exceptional service to the nation.
5. His last job was also a spokesman – He was the Joint National and Resources Mapping Project spokesman, a position he held until his appointment as government spokesman.
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