Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has earned international recognition after New York-based publication Wall Street Journal recognised him as a hero in the fight against Covid-19.
In a Weekend article dated April 4-5, 2020, titled, “Thank God for Calm, Competent Deputies” under the subtitle “In This Crisis, the Deputies are the Heroes We Need”, Kagwe is defined as one of the best handlers of the pandemic in the world.
Ranked among few other leaders from around the world, among them a doctor from South Korea and another from the UK, the media outlet stated that they had risen from the shadows to take control of a pandemic, members of the public would have only looked to elected officials.
The leaders who have distinguished themselves under pressure are rarely the bold, charismatic, impulsive, self-regarding, politically calculating alphas we have elected. The real heroes have been, for lack of a better term, career deputies,” the publication states.
The news outlet further describes Kagwe as a leader whose character and personality was thought as not political but now built for the health ministry and the fight against Covid-19.
“Kenya’s unlikely coronavirus hero is health minister Mutahi Kagwe, a businessman with an M.B.A. who had washed out of elective office. In politics, Mr.Kagwe was seen as a technocrat; too ordinary and emotionally distant. In his coronavirus briefings, these traits became assets,
“Mr Kagwe projects calm, emphasises evidence and urges Kenyans to face facts, a style one senator described as ‘a breath of fresh air,” the publication states.
The publication references a social media poll by Kenyans.co.ke on Kagwe’s crisis leadership where he was rated 8 out of 10.