In Summary
  • The Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale said that the President is set to name the remaining Cabinet Secretaries any time from now.

  • On Thursday evening, the DP hosted Kalenjin MPs for a closed- door meeting at his Weston Hotel along Lang’ata Road in Nairobi.

  • Gideon Moi last week denied that he is angling for a Cabinet post, although it is understood that he has given the President a list of his own people whom he wants to be appointed to various positions.

  • Igembe North MP Maoka Maore said the Meru would be comfortable with whoever the President finds fit to serve in the Cabinet.

Secret and public lobbying for the remaining 13 ministerial positions intensified last week ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s anticipated announcement of his full Cabinet next week.

The Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale said that the President is set to name the remaining Cabinet Secretaries any time from now.

“The President will name the full Cabinet next week upon which all the names will be presented to Parliament for vetting,” he told the Nation. The President is also expected to unveil his list of Principal Secretaries.

But preceding this announcement is intense canvasing by politicians either to save the 13 CSs from the President’s axe or to influence the appointment of their replacements.

Jubilee Party MPs from Deputy President William Ruto’s Rift Valley backyard met on Wednesday and Thursday, fuelling the perception that there are discussions behind the scenes on the party’s affairs.

In addition, there was unease amongst MPs from the region following the decision by the party’s top leadership late last year to remove four legislators — three of them from Rift Valley — as chairmen of four Parliamentary committees for going against the party’s lineup. 

DISCOMFORT

However, on the two days the MPs met, they had agenda that they could legitimately use to dispel the notion that there is discomfort within the DP’s camp. In both meetings the issue of perceived rift between the President and the DP did not feature.

Wednesday’s meeting concluded with the hand-over of a Toyota Probox to Florence Chepng’etich, the artiste popularly known as Naswa, who had come up with a popular song praising the Jubilee Party in last year’s campaigns.

On Thursday evening, the DP hosted Kalenjin MPs for a closed- door meeting at his Weston Hotel along Lang’ata Road in Nairobi.  The meeting, which started at seven o’clock and ended at around 8.40 pm, was attended by more than 30 MPs and senators from his the Kalenjin community.

“It was a forum for us to know each other properly,” said an MP who attended the meeting but who asked not to be named so as not to be seen to be leaking details of the private meeting.

The legislator said that the main agenda was how to quell the rising tension between the Pokot and Marakwet which has so far claimed several lives and displaced hundreds of people on the border between Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.

UNEASE

Another MP who attended the meeting but who also requested to speak freely in background said the DP called on them to popularise Jubilee Party at the grassroots.

Some of those who attended the meeting include MPs William Cheptumo (Baringo North), William Chepkut  (Ainabkoi), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Wilson Kogo (Chesumei), William Kamket (Tiaty), Moses Cheboi (Kuresoi North) as well as Kericho County Senator Aron Cheruiyot.

The call to strengthen the party in the DP’s Rift Valley political backyard comes at a time when his nemesis within the Kalenjin community, Senator Gideon Moi of Baringo County, is causing unease within Jubilee.

The Kanu leader last week denied that he is angling for a Cabinet post, although it is understood that he has given the President a list of his own people whom he wants to be appointed to various positions in government as a way of returning the favour of supporting his re-election.

But Mr Moi suffered a small setback when he could not retain the chairmanship of the coveted Senate committee on Energy which he chaired in the last Parliament forcing him to settle for the less visible ICT committee where he was elected chairman.

CABINET POSITIONS

 “If Moi cannot influence to be in a committee how then can he influence anyone to be in Cabinet,” said a source within Jubilee who is privy  to the lobbying by the senator for Cabinet positions.

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