NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Deputy President William Ruto did not pull his punches on Sunday when he questioned how a hair dresser could turn billionaire literally in the blink of an eye when he admonished former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru against dragging his name into the whole murky business that is the irregular award of tenders at the National Youth Service.
But it isn’t an incredulity exclusive to the Deputy President as many a snickering and snarky comment have accompanied mention of Josephine Kabura’s profession, whether she was indeed Waiguru’s hair stylist or not.
His comments together with the most recent comment from the opposition on the matter however appear to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as they preceded a strongly worded statement from the Miss World Kenya franchise holder Terry Mungai who is also proprietor of Ashleys Kenya Limited – a chain of salons and beauty school.
Her question being what Kabura’s background as a hair stylist has to do with the fraudulent transfer of Sh791 million in NYS funds; the subject of investigations by the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly and a matter before court.
“I’ll have you know that the average Hair and Beauty technician at any of my outlets are paid more than Doctors and Teachers on the government payroll – which is quite regrettable, however, it is proof of the high regard in which we hold our cosmetologists. Yet these professions are held in greater esteem – which is not only condescending but unfair. Kindly afford the same respect to the cosmetologists that ensure you all look well-groomed and professional.”