In Summary
  • The President seemed to have revisited his history books to hand Mr Githae a lifeline, posting him to Washington, DC where he will be the country’s ambassador.
  • Mr Kilonzo stood by Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, (President’s ally) at a time the whole of Ukambani voted for Wiper party.
  • Sheikh Dor’s nomination and that of Ms Sophie Kadzo Kombe as Lusaka ambassador are likely to be interpreted to mean an attempt by the Head of State to wrestle Coast from Cord.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto used their first reshuffle since assuming office last year to reward their financiers and allies in last year’s General Election.

Some of the notable figures who made a triumphant comeback after a long absence from public limelight include former Foreign Affairs minister Sam Ongeri, who stood by the Jubilee coalition in the last campaign against a strong Cord wave, which swept Kisii region.

Prof Ongeri lost to Mr Chris Obure in battle to represent the county in the Senate. He will be the country’s Permanent Representative at the UN Habitat, Nairobi.

Former Finance minister Robinson Githae lost Kirinyaga gubernatorial elections to Mr Joseph Ndathi. The President seemed to have revisited his history books to hand Mr Githae a lifeline, posting him to Washington, DC where he will be the country’s ambassador.

The appointment of diplomats to Washington and London are being seen in the light of renewed warm relationship with US and Britain. Mr Lazarus Amayo will be the new ambassador to London

Former Transport minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere landed a job as Kenyan envoy to Dar es Salaam. Like Prof Ongeri, Mr Mwakwere braved ODM wave in the coastal region to drum up support for Mr Kenyatta.

AGAINST THE TIDE

In appointing former Mutito MP Kiema Kilonzo as Kenya’s ambassador to Turkey, the President was paying back. Mr Kilonzo stood by Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu, (President’s ally) at a time the whole of Ukambani voted for Wiper party.

Mr Kilonzo said he lost the Kitui gubernatorial race for his decision to stick with the President’s coalition which was unpopular in Ukambani region.

“Yes we’ve been allies with the President and I’m happy he’s finally rewarded my support for him. I promise to serve the country with dedication and integrity,” he said.

Mr Ruto was also not left behind in rewarding his allies. Former Moyale MP Mohamud Mohammed who belongs to the DP’s URP party was appointed to head the Kenyan mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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