The lives of the people are to a large extent, determined by the kind of leaders they have. It is important that everyone who is a leader, be committed to providing leadership that has results, leaders who will leave a legacy at the end of their terms”-CCW
The pursuit of excellence in public service starts with a clear vision among leaders for a governance of truth, development and service.
It is of utmost importance that local leaders who include executives and senior officials at Mombasa County government nurture in them, the dedication and commitment in carrying out their responsibilities and be of service to the people.
What Mombasa residents need is knowledgeable officials who are not just effective in their duties, but true catalysts for change towards progress.
Do our leaders and especially senior officials have what it takes to translate governor Hassan Joho’s vision for the county into actions as he serves his last legacy term in office?
Do they have the ability to make sound decisions and manage with efficiency, the work of a public servant?
Do they possess the ability to link the government and communities for the common good of the people?
The Coast Counties Watch (CCW) kick starts a series, to celebrate outstanding work, massive achievements of top officials at the Mombasa County government. And we begin with the man oif the moment, a man who has become a sensation in social media, not only for his outstanding achievements and style of leadership, but also, being rooted as Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s most suitable successor come 2022!
He is none other than Francs Thoya, a.k.a ‘Magufuli’ ,Joho’s closest ally, friend and advisor. A man who has earned the nick name ‘Magufuli’ for his style of getting things done and walking the talk! Just like the President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli, Thoya also started from humble beginnings.
The CCW also salutes and acknowledges the important contribution and valuable achievements of individuals like Thoya, achievements which have no doubt led to the improvement of public service performance, while upholding the values and ethics of a truly accountable and transparent public service.
This man, the Mombasa County Secretary a.k.a (CS) Francis Thoya…
This man has been a sensation in social media in recent times, as he continues to receive accolades for his outstanding work and provoking endless debates as to whether he is eyeing his boss’s position ahead of 2022.
Mombasa’s County secretary Francis Thoya is one of the most powerful and influential senior officials in the government hierarchy, yet despite his remarkable achievements, he has remained humble and approachable in his day to day life.
As he occupies the office that is central to all the operations at the County government, his simplicity is what captures one’s attention. Thoya is down to earth and ‘the easy to talk to’ type.
So what is CS Thoya like, up, close and personal?
They say humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying….
For authentic servant leaders, everyone has dignity. Everyone is the best in the world at something. Everyone deserves respect. Everyone deserves to be elevated. Everyone deserves to be perfected, and servant leaders perfect those around them by investing in everyone and setting a benchmark example. They walk the talk — and inspire others to raise their game. That’s why they’re so sought after.
The above defines the school of thought that Thoya subscribes to. He is down to earth, a time keeper and focused. His easy going nature is certainly apparent in all that he does, from the way he communicates to the way he interacts with those around him.
i (this writer, happen to know him and have worked was h him way back in the mainstream media. even before plunging into journalism, thoya did several manual jobs in malindi, including installing electricity poles, to make ends meet and provide for his family.
His simplicity, down to earth attitude, an open door policy and an ‘all inclusive’ approach in solving problems at the grassroots, is earning him a place in many hearts.
Mombasa County residents have made a pleasant effort in recognizing and appreciating Thoya’s outstanding work and several pressure groups have kick started his 2022 campaigns for the gubernatorial race.
In various social media platforms and the response in public events and gathering, the County Secretary’s outstanding performance in every public office he has held in Governor Hassan Joho’s administration, has been receiving accolades and admiration for his contribution to the development of the County.
Hey, don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that he is the only senior official giving results and bridging the gap between the County administration and the grassroots, but Thoya’s efforts has lately, created an all pleasant sensation in social media and from what it looks like, there is no stopping!
Love him or hate him, Thoya is good at what he does… and not even the sky can be his limit…
Thoya’s outstanding commitment and success in addressing challenges facing Mombasa County through his very roles in the office he represents is a clear confirmation that public service stands or falls with the caliber of the people who work in it!
Through his office, Thoya continues to provide a professional and competent public service, aimed at providing quality and coordinate service delivery to the people of Mombasa..
Thoya, a seasoned journalist, joined Joho’s political mission in 2012, in the run up to the elections under a new constitution as his political strategist and chief campaigner.
He managed his campaign and got Joho elected in the first place and another victory in 2017.
The choice of the powerful county secretary position, is one of the most important a governor makes.
For Joho, a brilliant workaholic who is unfailingly loyal to him must stay close to him.
Thoya is the kind of ally that one would describe as ‘the hidden powers in the county government: the governor’s enforcer, shadow or alter ego!
Thoya is not only the powerful County Secretary, he serves as the governor’s advisor, political strategist and his responsibilities are vast, if somewhat amorphous.
It’s a combination of management responsibilities, political savvy, and a knowledge of County government.
Responding to crises, large and small and pushing the governor’s agenda and not just responding to the events of the day.
Thoya is a great example of the campaign manager turned governing companion. He ran Joho’s campaign in 2012 and 2017.
Being that this is Joho’s last term, it is highly likely that Thoya will be seeking a high political office come 2022 .
In any case, Joho once considered Thoya his running mate in the run up to the 2017 elections. This was after a long search and scrutiny of various names.
Governors tend to prize loyalty when making top appointments. Thoya and Joho come a long way when the latter was still Kisauni MP, way long before he decided to run for governor in 2013.
In the position Thoya holds as CS and a Joho’s top advisor, what is essential is the strength of the relationship between him and the governor.
The most important thing is that, in Thoya, Joho has someone he can fundamentally trust!
CS Thoya’s. Typical diary…
Kongowea wholesale market meeting
“I toured the Kongowea Wholesale Market (Nyali Sub County) with a view to address challenges facing the traders operating in the market.
Traders told us of the poor working conditions they were working under and appealed to the county to urgently intervened.
Concerned by the huge pile up of garbage in the facility, I directed the Department of Environment to work round the clock clear huge pile of garbage.
Further, I gave an undertaking that potholes that had made movement in and out of the market impossible for transporters of vegetables with will filled up with immediate effect.
We also promise the traders that the county will fast track the provision of tables to facilitate the relocation of traders operating out of the market into the newly constructed market.
The county will also fix the lights in the market to enable traders work long hours, “
“In the company of Changamwe Member of the County Assembly Hon. Bernard Ogutu; we toured Magongo Health Centre to assess the services provided by the county health staff.
The post colonial hospital which serves over 300 people every day, is in dire need to of a face lift.
I learnt that patients including mothers, stream to this facility to receive health services as early as 5 am in the morning.
Patients a spoke to told me of the agony they have to put up with each time it rains.
Concerned by the current state of the hospital, I gave an undertaking that the county will immediately gave the facility a face-lift by painting it.
A team of engineers will also visit the facility in the coming days to solve the drainage problem.
Further with the support of the Department of Transport and Infrastructure, the county will put up a perimeter wall besides removing the asbestos sheets.
At the same time the county will deploys additional medical staff to attend to the ever increasing number of patients (catchment 18,000).
Thanks to Chief officer Public Works and Infrastructure, Health Team and the Sub County administration for joining me., “
I must thank the operators of Matatu at Kobil in Mwembe Tayari for agreeing to resume business following a stand off pitting the operators and the county.
Following extensive dialogue, we have agreed to address problems that affect the public within the area.
The operators had suspended operations after a dispute arose relating to relocation of the terminus.
This is why Thoya can make or break Governor Joho’s legacy term…
THE office of the County Secretary is basically the heartbeat of all operations by the executive. Thoya is the head of the County Public Service and also the secretary to the County Executive Committee.
As head of the public Service, Thoya is responsible for the co ordination and smooth operation of all county departments. He reports to the governor to ensure all departments are performing their duties.
Thoya is the person to be put to task in the event of any lapses in operations at the County level. He ensures all questions to the various departments are promptly responded to
As Head of Public Service, he communicates and follows up to ensure County Executive resolutions are implemented.
In essence, the County Secretary is answerable for all operations of the County Executive. He is aware of operations in all departments.
Thoya has been steadfast and consistent in implementing various interactive forums, to engage in constructive discussion on issues that affect the common mwanachi.
“The current constitution lays emphasis on citizen participation as a key component of decision making especially in things like the budget process. Opportunities have been opened up for you (the public) to participate in these processes and influence how decisions that affect your life are made,”
Thoya says that if the public is guided by such principals, they will participate objectively, more effectively and express their needs and priorities to influence decision making and resource allocation in their areas.
Public participation in County affairs is a constitutional requirement and that means that the success or failure of devolution will depend almost entirely on political good will and full implementation of the constitution.
“We cannot do it on our own. Forging partnerships is a key aspect of the day to day operations. However, the most important partnership you can establish is a partnership with the people you lead,”
Thoya ‘Magufuli’…how did he earn that powerful nickname?
The most effective public servants are those that challenge constantly. They are those that challenge their own ideas and biases, they challenge the way ‘it has always been done
The really effective public servants are the ones that collaborate to help us all to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Thoya has made great efforts with outstanding tangible results, in working with Mombasa residents and communities at the grassroots as a county government representative and most importantly, doing so from a place of humility, forthrightness and transparency.
Some of the critical initiatives that have yielded success at the grassroots and bridged the gap between the County government of Mombasa and the public,, a scenario responsible for his growing influence at the grassroots include: public awareness, community participation, development and capacity building, service delivery initiatives and of course, the inspirational leadership that he represents- CCW
Being responsible for the co ordination and smooth operation of all county departments, Thoya understands only too well that humility attracts the best workers and routinely score high on worker productivity and satisfaction too.
Humility is one of the critical leadership factors that create an environment where the public from different demographic background feel included.
A humble government, by being honest with itself, is supremely responsive to the need of its constituents.
Gaining admiration requires honesty, hard work and perseverance .
Whoever you are, acting honestly, working hard and lending those in need a helping hand are the crucial basic abilities for someone who wants to be admired. Thoya has proved this countless times and that fact is responsible for his popularity and admiration, be it in his office, or at the grassroots.
Last week, days ago, it was time to visit KISAUNI SUB COUNTY
Thoya is an advocate of effectiveness…
As per his job description, Thoya has a clear focus on management and efficiency cross departments and ministries.
Not just overseeing the daily operations but also ensuring that the governor’s policies are executed.
It’s not an easy task-advocating for improved services, bridging the gap between the County government and the people of Mombasa, targeting unnecessary rules and regulations, troubleshooting problems and figuring out how people, processes and technology can be leveraged to deliver better results….well, just to mention a few!
Thoya’s admiration comes from the tangible fact that he has been and continues to manage well, a whole cabinet and to see across the all different SILOS OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things,”
Thoya simply takes the tasks that the governor don’t have time to do, such as improving co ordination between departnents and in this case, ministries.
His job centers around emphasis on service provision Aside from being Joho’s top adviser, his role puts him in a position to own cross department operational efficiencies.
Why Joho depends on the likes of Thoya in his legacy term.
For a governor’s commitment to operations and overall success in their tenure, an emphasis on performance management is key when making senior appointments.
One of the biggest pluses of having the likes of Thoya as County secretary is that it means the governor has someone with him in the middle of gnarly operational issues, helping to free him up to drive dramatic policy issues.
It is exactly those gnarly operational issues that can easily destroy a governor’s legacy.
While governors are judged initially on their policy priorities, their final legacy stems from their successes in implementing their priorities and in dealing with the many operational challenges that begin to surface as soon as they take office.
“As I (this writer) look back on the several high multi-level positions that Thoya has successfully held, right from the campaigns that he took charge of in Joho’s first successful bid for governor in 2013, to the lands executive, to the Chief of Staff todate as CS, I can say with confidence that a governor’s legacy does not so much depend on their policy objectives as on whether something went wrong from an administrative point of view during their administration and whether they were able to handle it.
You can have the best policy in the world, but if you cant implement that, you have failed,”
Thoya bags in another major achievement, form the good of Mombasa residents
It means Mombasa is among the counties that effectively managed finances properly and this incredible news points to some of the major achievements that Thoya has made through the office he represents. Its about discipline in financial management systems that have increased efficiency and continues to promote devbeloment
Is Thoya keen about vying for governor come 2022?
Journalism runs in Thoya’s veins and the journalistic instincts in him are alive and kicking.
I (this writer) tried to corner him with this very question about his quest for the most coveted seat.
However, he cornered me and cleverly ‘reserved his comment’
Support groups are sprucing up within and without social media and the pressure for him to give a hint is growing by the day.
Understanding the fact that he is a public servant and cannot engage In politics, atleast not as early as now, i decided to go round the subject matter, just as cleverly as he dodged the question.. In search of answers.
I resorted to my little oxford dictionary to define a politician!
‘A politician is an individual who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office.
A politiciabn is one who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government.
Politicians play a central role In our lives. They are the concentrated voices of the people that make all efforts to improve their constituents and people’s welfare.
What are the virtues of a good politician?
Good and dependable politicians are delighted to serve the people and consider themselves as servants and people their paymasters.
Good politicians represent the hopes, aspirations and the interests of every citizen.
A politician qualities are his characteristics that is natural.
Promising politicians qualities are often backed by skills, experience, intelligence, integrity, with instincts-all combined together to achieve their goals.
First and foremost., the best quality of a politician is honesty, God fearing and loving.
A faithful and effective politician is trustworthy and reliable. He must capture the essence of truth, display sincerity, and practise what he preaches.
He must be somebody that people may rely upon and striving to help them as a true mark of a responsible politician.
The greatest strength of a good politician is deriving joy in serving people.
To be an effective politician, your followers must have trust in you and the very best way for a politician to build trust is to display good sense of character and qualities composed of values beliefs, traits and skills.
Another important quality of a good politician is integrity and technical skills to handle those challenging assignments, fiscal matters, policies, plans, projects, ideas and initiative solutions to problems
So what is my point?
Well, it is in the form of a burning question: Does the Mombasa County Secretary have what it takes, to be Mombasa’s next governor come 2022?
Have a good one!