Outgoing Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe has spoken for the first time since his sacking earlier in the day.
Kiraithe released a statement congratulating Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, the military man appointed to replace him.
“It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Odhiambo Oguna, MBS as the new Government Spokesperson” read Kiraithe’s statement.
He added that he had worked with Oguna in the past and assured Kenyans that the Colonel is equal to the task.
In 2018, Kiraithe received backlash after defending Chinese contractors who were accused of mistreating Kenyans working on the SGR.
He stated that the staff pictured as being mistreated were going through orientation so as to gain the military standard discipline to run the project.
Kiraithe further asked Kenyans to bear with and appreciate the work the Chinese were doing in the management of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
“Whereas the government is at hand to protect the individual rights and dignity of every Kenyan, the inward-looking ‘haki yetu’ (self-seeking) workplace culture has no place in the Madaraka Express, neither now, nor in future,” the Spokesman spoke at KICC.
Before his appointment in 2016, Kiraithe previously served as the General Manager in charge of security at the Kenya Airports Authority.
Kiraithe also served as the Police spokesperson until he retired from the service.