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You must call me Doctor, deputy governor orders county staff

A directive from the office of Tharaka Nithi deputy governor Mati Murithi on the change of his title has been received with mixed feelings by county staff.

An internal memo by Mr Murithi’s personal assistant Charles Kathare addressed to all county staff said they were required to address the deputy county boss as “HE Hon. Doctor Eliud Mati Murithi”.

The weird directive comes even before the deputy governor is awarded a PhD by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on the June 30.

“This is to therefore notify all members of staff that deputy governor ceases to be addressed as Mr Eliud Mati Murithi and shall immediately after being conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy be addressed as HE. HON Dr Eliud Mati Murithi,” read the memo dated June 17.

Members of staff who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said dictatorship had crept into the leadership of the county.

The internal memo by Tharaka Nithi deputy governor's personal assistant ordering all county staff to address the deputy county boss as 'Doctor'
The internal memo by Tharaka Nithi deputy governor’s personal assistant ordering all county staff to address the deputy county boss as ‘Doctor’

NO DICTATORSHIP

“Workers have no voice in our county and everything is dictated,” said one of the member of staff.

Another worker said that they have been forced to sing to the tune of the county’s top leadership.

County Chief of Staff Jeff Kaburu confirmed that the notice in the memo is official but denied any directive in the message.

“The message is official from the office of the governor but the title will be adopted once he graduates,” said Mr Kaburu.

Mr Kathare said that the notice was also copied to all county executives, chief officers and head of departments.

“There is no dictatorship in this but all county staff are expected to adopt the title as from June 30, 2016,”said Mr Kathare.

A screen shot of the memo was posted on different social media accounts Thursday. However, efforts to reach Mr Murithi proved futile.