In Summary
  • Eldas MP Adan Keynan urged President Kenyatta to move with speed and reconstitute it as the public has lost confidence in the current lot of ministers.
  • Soy MP Caleb Kositany said the country yearns for President Kenyatta’s direction on the matter, saying his silence as the Cabinet wrangles was sending the wrong message.
  • Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, however, urged caution, warning politicians against pressuring the President to dissolve his Cabinet.

Leaders from across the political divide are piling the pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve his Cabinet in the wake of a storm created by an alleged assassination plot against his deputy William Ruto.

Mr Ruto claimed last week that four of his colleagues in the Cabinet — Mr Peter Munya (Industrialisation), Ms Sicily Kariuki (Health) and Mr Joe Mucheru (Information) were plotting to assassinate him, and on Sunday several leaders, most of them from the ruling Jubilee Party, argued that the environment of mistrust and division within the Cabinet is affecting service delivery.

The leaders said that the only way to end the impasse within the Cabinet, which is the country’s highest decision making organ, was for the President to take the drastic measure of admitting that the Cabinet has become dysfunctional and chaotic.

SERVICE DELIVERY

Eldas MP Adan Keynan urged President Kenyatta to move with speed and reconstitute it as the public has lost confidence in the current lot of ministers.

“Politics is about perception, and in the eyes of the general public the Cabinet is not functional,” said Mr Keynan. “There is no sense of collective responsibility.”

His sentiments were echoed by Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, who noted that, for success and efficiency in service delivery, the President only requires CSs who are loyal to him.

He said Mr Kenyatta should emulate his predecessor Mwai Kibaki, who in 2005 sacked his entire Cabinet two days after the draft Constitution he had supported was rejected in a national referendum.

“The Cabinet is already divided; the President should dissolve it and immediately form a new one so that he can have 100 per cent loyalty,” said Mr Kamanda.

He further took on Mr Ruto, accusing him of dividing the Cabinet by singling out the four ministers for condemnation and warning that this was an indication that the DP wanted to intimidate the president’s loyalists in government.

WRANGLES
Soy MP Caleb Kositany said the country yearns for President Kenyatta’s direction on the matter, saying his silence as the Cabinet wrangles was sending the wrong message.

“I believe that his speaking out would calm the situation and offer some sense of direction in the confusion we are seeing in the country’s politics,” said Mr Kositany.

In Nandi, Governor Stephen Sang and former County Council chairman Charles Tanui also asked the President to dissolve the Cabinet and speak out on alleged plans to assassinate his Deputy.

The two, who spoke in Kapsabet, said the President’s words would reduce the prevailing tension since the assassination claims came to light.

They said it was wrong for the head of state to remain silent as claims of elimination swirl around his deputy.

“The President should have sacked the Cabinet Secretaries mentioned in the alleged scheme against the DP as investigations continue,” said Mr Sang.

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