Kajiado Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku on Friday, lamented how President Uhuru Kenyatta made a colossal mistake in appointing him as the Interior Cabinet Secretary, a job he claims that would haunt him in the aftermath of the deadly Westgate terrorist siege, in September 2013.
The professional hotelier revealed that he had opted for a permanent secretary (PS) post in the Interior docket, only to be surprised by an unexpected move that shocked him.
“I applied for a PS job. I was actually interviewed and was shortlisted for the post which was forwarded to Uhuru.” Ole Lenku noted.
“When the President called me to State House to talk to me, I knew I was being interviewed for the PS position. In an interesting turn of events, I was appointed interior CS. I think that drama is in the public,” Ole Lenku disclosed during an interview with Citizen TV.
The governor had later came under heavy criticism after he failed to steer the country through turmoil after terrorist raided Westgate Mall in Nairobi, which left scores dead and others injured.
Many wondered why Uhuru had appointed Ole Lenku as a CS, heavily criticizing his appointment that he had no experience at all, to handle such a crucial docket.
The former CS himself was also heavily attacked online as people trolled him for handling the Westgate incident pathetically.
During a past press interview, the President was asked to describe his worst regret, which he said was taking too long to reorganize security systems in the country that led to rampant insecurity.
“It took longer than it should have to do the reorganization that we did in the security forces. I would say that we should have done that a little earlier,” he highlighted.
The Head of State indicated that restructuring the country’s security personnel bore fruit since Kenya had seen improvement in the ability to deal with terrorism and other major crimes.
“I think that was something that ultimately once we did it and we got a new team and greater co-operation amongst the security actors that has resulted in us now seeing the kind of positive impact in terms of improved levels of security,” Uhuru elaborated.