It is my guess that we all know a thing or two about Golden Dreams Company Limited. Well, the company is owned by one Dr. Alfred Mutua, The Government of Kenya’s Official Spokesperson and Communication Secretary… A man whose biography reads something like this
“Dr. Alfred N. Mutua is Kenya’s first Official Government Spokesperson and Public Communications Secretary (PCS). He was appointed on June 22, 2004 and was tasked with setting up a new office and communication system for the Republic of Kenya Mutua’s career has been varied. He has been a Journalist and Filmmaker with 14 years experience in both Print and Broadcasting in Kenya, the United States (US), Australia and the United Arab Emirates. (UAE)….. Mutua is computer literate on both PC and Mac, and conversant with Adobe PhotoShop, Quark Express, Ventura, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Excel, Adobe PageMaker and Web Design Programs. In Australia, he undertook Communication projects for Telstra’s Pacific Access, Minter Ellison Law Firm and as a Communications Officer for WorkVentures Company Ltd. Born on August 22, 1970, Mutua holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism from Whitworth College in the United States (US), a Masters of Science in Communications (MS) from Eastern Washington University and a Doctorate in Communication and Media from the University of Western Sydney. He has lectured in Kenya (Daystar University), the US, Australia, and recently served as an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication and Media Sciences, Zayed University, Dubai. He has conducted extensive research on the use of Media for democracy and development and before his appointment was conducting funded research on the “Voice of Arab Journalists,” for a book.
He has travelled extensively in Africa, the Americas, Canada, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. He is proficient in English, Swahili, Kamba and is working on Arabic and French. Mutua’s ancestors hail from Makueni and Machakos Districts in Kenya. He is married.”
Well, one thing that is conspicuously absent from Dr. Mutua’s Biography which is in public dormain courtesy of his office’s website http://www.communication.go.ke/personality.asp?id=13 is that he is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Everything else that lacks no employee at Golden Dreams Company, a Communications and production Company based in Nairobi’s Lavington Suburbs. GDC is the company that brought to Kenyans “The First Action Packed Television Drama Series” COBRA SQUAD, which I must confess revolutionized product placement on TV. In the programme, Dr. Mutua was everything and nothing in particlura and it would be an insult to mention the roles he played in making it a success or a failure, whichever you choose. he is also behind “BEBA BEBA” that program that revolves around some matatu on NTV. GDC is also the company that made kenyans realize that Dr.Mutua is an all rounder and has more than the arts at heart, launching the “glamorous” East Africa Music Awards (EAMAS) inaugurated last year… the least said on EAMAS the better. The company is also credited with the one season tv program “HOW TO BE RICH” a programme that was meant to teach Kenyans a thing or two on wealth acquisition, again, from Mutua’s point of view… Infact, it derived it’s name from the company’s publication “HOW TO BE RICH IN AFRICA” authored by Dr. Alfred Mutua. The book is currently being serialized by “PASSION MAGAZINE” another publication of Golden Dreams Company that is “African on Every Page”. GDC is also that company that brought top you the advert where Dr. Mutua was a top KICC, in some desert in Northern Kenya, at some sandy beach in Mombasa telling you and the world that “Mimi ni Alfred Mutua na Ninajivunia Kuwa Mkenya”
Over the last few months, the media has been rife with rumors that Dr. Mutua is gearing for a political seat in the upcoming General Election (whenever it will be) as a Governor in Makueni/Machakos County (I’m not sure which of the two) a rumor that for a long time, he never denied or confirmed. However, it is now official that Dr. Mutua will be going for political office and this revelation was made to his “fellow employees” at Golden Dreams Company Ltd. earlier this month when he made them aware that :
“I, DR. ALFRED MUTUA, WILL BE VYING FOR A POLITICAL SEAT IN MY NATIVE UKAMBANI AND I NEED MONEY FOR MY CAMPAIGNS, FOR THAT REASON, I’M HEREBY INFORMING YOU THAT WE (mark WE) WILL BE FORCED TO GO WORK HARDER TO ACHIEVE THIS UNFORTUNATELY, WE MUST ALSO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THE HARD WORK WILL COME WITH A LITTLE SURPRISE…. FROM TODAY, WE ARE ALL GOING TO HAVE OUR PAY CUT BY HALF SO THAT WE CAN RAISE ENOUGH RESOURCES TO PUT UP A FORMIDABLE CAMPAIGN”.
There you have it folks, all the employees of GDC, including Dr. Mutua have their salaries and wages cut by half so that Dr. Mutua can save enough money to campaign for his political ambition… I don’t know what to make of this but it is the sad truth. The writers, the production crew, the actors and each and every soul has to adjust their lifestyles to accommodative their new salary status. I only hope that these guys didn’t have loans that they are paying and half of their salaries are used to clear their loans coz if any of them is in that situation… Suicide is not far away.
In the meantime, we must all make sacrifices to make other people rich mostly if you were never born to dream in gold.