Eric Ng’eno, a former State House speechwriter, is returning to the iconic building in the same position, this time to work with President William Ruto.
Images shared by Ruto’s photographer, Nesh Maina, show Eric Ng’eno polishing the president-elect’s acceptance speech after the Supreme Court of Kenya validated his victory.
Eric Ng’eno rose to popularity after outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee administration came into power in 2013 for what was regarded as “outstanding speeches”.
Presidential Strategic Communications Unit
Eric worked as the President’s Senior Director of Messaging (Speech, Occasional Messages, and Commentary) from May 2013 to June 2020, when he and four other members of the communication team were suspended from the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) for allegedly inconsistent messaging.
Others who fell for the axe are Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi, external press director Munyori Buku and events director James Kinyua.
After leaving State House, the four joined Ruto’s Communication team in Karen where they joined Communication Secretary David Mugonyi and Director of Communication Emmanuel Tallam.
William Ruto Personal Assistant
“Initially, I didn’t understand why communication skills were that important for him. But he was clearly farsighted. When the Grand Coalition Government was formed, he was appointed Minister for Agriculture. As a minister, Hon Ruto wanted technical materials to be packaged in a language that could be used to successfully engage a national audience. He is rather good at it, and we spent lots of time going through a lot of documents and prepping him for presentations at various levels,” Ng’eno revealed.
Eric Ng’eno had previously worked as Ruto’s personal assistant. He assisted him with research and administrative assistance during the Serena negotiations that resulted in the National Accord following the 2007/2008 post-election violence.
Ruto had requested someone with legal experience as well as outstanding communication and writing skills at the time.
Eric Ng’eno Interview
In an interview with NTV for The First Stab documentary, Ng’eno said that Ruto is driven by high standards and will always work to ensure that he delivers. Ng’eno has a deep history with Ruto and works as a trusted communicator in Ruto’s Karen office.
Ng’eno has also been quoted saying that Ruto appreciates technical materials packaged in a manner that can be used to successfully attract a national audience.
Ng’eno studied at Alliance High School between 1991 and 1994 before proceeding to Moi University where he pursued a degree in law. In 2015, he joined Strathmore Business School for a Master’s in Public Policy and Management.
Eric Ng’eno Lawyer
He is a Partner at Kipsang & Mutai Advocates in charge of Litigation, Research, and Legal Advisory.
Eric Ng’eno has experience in commercial, legal, legislative, public policy, and regulatory affairs, as well as legal and regulatory compliance audits, QMS audits, research consultation, and facilitation. Eric also has a background in political, government, and strategic communication.