In Summary
  • In a bid to appease the Rift Valley voters, the President picked Ms Betty Maina to be the next Industrialisation CS in a move interpreted as maintaining the number of Kalenjins in the Cabinet.

  • However, the appointment of Ms Maina, who is from Kericho County in South Rift has left a bad taste in the mouths of the leaders from North Rift.

The recent Cabinet reshuffle has reawakened the rivalry between the North and the South Rift after one slot was shifted to the latter leaving some leaders in the former bitter and demanding for one extra seat.

In the changes announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, suspended Treasury CS Henry Rotich was sacked after he was implicated in alleged corrupt practices in the ministry last year.

His position was given to Ukur Yatani, who had been occupying the seat in an acting capacity since Rotich left.

Mr Rotich is from Elgeyo-Marakwet County which is in the North Rift.

In a bid to appease the Rift Valley voters, the President picked Ms Betty Maina to be the next Industrialisation CS in a move interpreted as maintaining the number of Kalenjins in the Cabinet.

However, the appointment of Ms Maina, who is from Kericho County in South Rift has left a bad taste in the mouths of the leaders from North Rift.

Before the changes, only Energy CS Charles Keter was from South Rift.

The North still has two serving Cabinet Secretaries, that is Simon Chelugui (Labour), who is from Baring and Ms Farida Karoney (Lands) from Nandi.

“We expected the Head of State to appoint another CS from the North Rift after the removal of Henry Rotich from the treasury docket.

"As a region, we feel were given a raw deal after South Rift and in particular Belgut constituency which was rewarded with another CS position,” Mr Paul Kibet, North Rift Kanu coordinator.

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