From doing ‘kazi ya mkono’ for the future Deputy
President, lawyer Eric Ng’eno ended up being the speech
writer for the president. He spoke to WAKENYA
about how he chooses appropriate words, the length of
the speech and whether Uhuru Kenyatta reads the drafts
It must be quite something to be the president’s speech
writer. How did it all start?
It is a long, winding, eventful story. I will summarize it this
way: Once upon a time, I was the Deputy President’s
personal assistant. At first, I conducted research and
secretarial services for him during the Serena negotiations
that yielded the National Accord after the 2007/2008 post-
election violence. At the time, he had asked for someone
with a legal background and who has excellent
communication and writing skills.