Top Ngong civil servants were left confused on Saturday when Environment CS Keriako Tobiko flew to Ngong Hills and planted a tree in their absence.
Kajiado North deputy county commissioner Patrick Mwangi, who is barely two weeks old in his new station, confirmed the CS arrived in Ngong Hills in the morning and planted a tree.
“I can confirm there was such an arrangement, but I was out of my station on off duty. I do not have all the details about his arrival and what happened,” said Mwangi on the phone.
Area assistant county commissioner, area police boss and all the Ngong chiefs arrived at Ngong Hills some minutes before 8 am only to be told the CS arrived in a Kenya Forest Service chopper at 7 am and planted a tree before taking off to the unknown destination.
Some of the chiefs who talked to us in camera claimed they were aware that there was a program indicating that the CS would be arriving at 8 am for a tree-planting exercise.
“We were all shocked to find that the minister took a chopper from Wilson airport to Ngong at 7 am and went direct to the hills. He did not even call the area DCC to say he was coming earlier than scheduled,” said an angry chief.
The chief said that was not the first time the CS did that without any apologies. The administrator wondered why the CS could not even call one of their seniors to indicate he was landing in the area earlier than scheduled.
The office of the DCC is said to have hired tents and chairs for the occasion. The owner was later called to take his property away after it was learned the CS had arrived and left incognito.
Another official from the DCI in Ngong, who also sought to remain anonymous, said the CS had other functions to attend during the day and that is the reason he turned up earlier than scheduled.
When we reached out to the CS, he indicated he was in company of KFS officials who helped him plant trees before leaving Ngong for other urgent assignments.
“I was not alone but in the company of other government officers at Ngong Hills. Other assignments cropped up on Friday, and this the reason I rescheduled the time on Saturday,” said Tobiko.