NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Kenyans have kicked up a storm on social media over the opposition by the Kenya Medical Association (KMA) to the nomination of banker James Macharia as the Cabinet Secretary for Health.
While some took their rant to Twitter, others raved on Facebook.
Capital FM News also took to the streets to sample views on the argument by KMA. Many of those interviewed argued that the association’s position was misplaced.
The medics want a fellow doctor to head the health docket because technical background should complement managerial skills.
“The manner in which Cabinet Ministers were picked in the past and how the process is today is totally different. And besides, Macharia will likely be surrounded by medics at the ministry to guide him,” Paul Oduor said when Capital FM News caught up with him on Wabera Street.
“I think time has come for us to trust the leadership of Uhuru and Ruto. I believe they have Kenyans at heart and doctors shouldn’t feel like the health sector will go to the dogs just because it might not be headed by a medic,” argued Carol Wafula.
And as has become synonymous with Kenyans, a trending topic #KenyanDoctors was created on Twitter.
Some Tweets, though serious, provided comic relief on the raging topic while others defended KMA.
Among the tweets on the debate were: “#KenyanDoctors should know that the Armed Forces (KDF) do not appoint a Medical Doctor to Leadership & Command of Forces Memorial,” read a tweet from @OleItumbi.
“The Cabinet Secretary for Lands is not Uhuru Kenyatta #kenyandoctors,” said @peteretelej on a light note.
“The MD of Kenya Forestry Services is not a tree. #KenyanDoctors,” said @Mathangani.
“#KOT Do the right thing. Kill this insensitive #KenyanDoctors TT. Don’t tweet disrespectfully towards doctors. #PoorTaste,” warned @trykuria.
“Pple making fun of #kenyanDoctors make sure u dont go 2the hospital soon,” cautioned @SteveKibui.
The heat on Facebook was the same. A post making reference to several head honchos did the rounds in a bid to drive the disapproval of KMA’s argument home.
“Is Titus Naikuni a Pilot? Is the CEO of NSSF a retiree? Is the CEO of Kenya Meet Commission a Butcher? Is BATA CEO a cobbler? Is the CEO of Serena a cook? Should the department of Roads be headed by a Chinese? Is the CEO of DT Dobie a machanica?” read a Facebook post in part.
Dennis Machogu asked, “Should the Minister of Foreign Affairs be a foreigner?”
The debate surrounding Cabinet nominees picked by Kenyatta and his deputy is not likely to die any time soon and especially now that they have released 12 other names for scrutiny and vetting by the court of public opinion.