In Summary
  • The name of Kenya National Examinations Council chairman Prof George Magoha is also being mentioned as a possible replacement of Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i in the Education docket.
  • In Western, Labour Party of Kenya leader Ababu Namwamba, former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga have been flouted.

Leaders in Western Kenya have quietly intensified lobbying for Cabinet secretaries posts ahead of second round naming of Cabinet by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The dropping of Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, his Environment counterpart Judy Wakhungu, all from Western and Rachel Omamo (Defence) from Nyanza has led to behind the scenes lobbying by leaders who backed Jubilee in the last elections.

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In Nyanza, Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju and former Karachuonyo MP James Rege are leading the pack of individuals touted for the positions even though Jubilee gubernatorial candidates Tom Alila (Homa Bay) and Atieno Otieno (Kisumu) said they were also up to the task should they be nominated.

The name of Kenya National Examinations Council chairman Prof George Magoha is also being mentioned as a possible replacement of Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i in the Education docket.

In Western, Labour Party of Kenya leader Ababu Namwamba, former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga have been flouted.

Most of the leaders remained guarded on the matter when reached by Nation for comments.

“We have just come from a protracted political season. At the moment I am taking time off politics, travelling out of the country on extended vacation,” Mr Namwamba told the Nation

“About cabinet, I would advise you to respect the wisdom of Deputy President William Ruto and let His Excellency the President execute his prerogative power to construct government without undue influence or pressure.”

However, some of their handlers said they were keen on clinching the positions and were using “all possible means to catch the eyes of the authorities.”

Mr Rege who ditched Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s ODM party to support President Kenyatta in the last elections however, said he was keen on securing a slot noting that “I will accept it and serve my people.”

“I have seen my name being flouted around and I would like to believe that I may make it to the cabinet,” Mr Rege said.

Former Jubilee nominated Senator Joy Gwendo expressed confidence that the cabinet will be all inclusive.

“For now let us give the appointing authority chance to finalize the appointments,” Ms Gwendo said.

Former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga said he was prepared to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta in any capacity.

“The appointment of the CS is the prerogative of H.E the President. If in his own wisdom appoints me to serve this Nation I won’t let him down.”

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