The Star (Nairobi)

6 October 2012

Kenya: Day in the Life - At 11am, I Visit Various Farms Together With Field Officers to Monitor Events

Joseph Lagat is the director of Siret Tea company. He was honoured by President Kibaki for being the best manager in Rift Valley in 2010. He has also served as the national chair of Kenya Tea Growers Association and the chief inspector of police in Nandi county.

My day begins at around 5am with prayers. Thereafter I inspect my compound to ensure that everything is fine. I thereafter check whether my employees have reported on duty.

I get an update from each of them. I then note all their concerns in my dairy for action. This takes me about an hour. At 7am, I go back to the house to do some exercise before taking a shower.

I then take breakfast as I go through the day's newspapers to keep myself informed. I take about 30 minutes. I usually leave the house at 8am for the office. Upon arrival, I use the first half an hour to answer mails and by 9:30am, I go for a meeting.

At the meeting, I usually get updates from various departments. I spend time listening to the issues raised. I note them down. I go back to my office at 10am to attend to issues that need my approval such as letters.

This take about one hour. At around 11am, together with some field officers, we take a field trip. We visit various farms to monitor what is going on.

By 12:30pm I go back to the office before going for lunch. I get back to office at 2pm. I then go for a meeting with individual heads of departments to address matters arising. This takes about two hours.

At around 4pm I receive reports of the day's work. I also get briefings from heads of departments before taking action where necessary. Between 5pm and 6pm I consult with my secretary on the impending projects and meetings.

I leave the office at 6pm for home. On arrival, I take a shower before taking some coffee as I relax with my family. We watch TV and at around 9:30pm after dinner, we pray and retire to bed at 10pm

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