Uhuru, Ruto differ over cabinet shuffle

Uhuru, Ruto differ over cabinet shuffle


A meeting between Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto at State House ended in disarray after they failed to agree on a cabinet reshuffle.
Ruto had sought an appointment to see his boss to push for the sacking of cabinet and principal secretaries he believes are fighting him.

The meeting which was fixed last Tuesday when Uhuru and Ruto met at a State House banquet hosted in honour of South Sudan president Salva Kiir, ended prematurely after the president stuck to his guns that there are no compelling reasons to sack the CSs and PSs unwanted by his number two.
Among the cabinet secretaries the DP wanted relieved of their duties are those who appeared before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to answer to allegations of a sensational plot to kill him before the 2022 general election.
They are James Macharia (Transport), Joseph Mucheru (ICT), Sicily Kariuki (Health) and Peter Munya (Trade).
They appeared at DCI headquarters at Kiambu Road on June 24 but they did not record a statement over the alleged assassination since there was no complainant.

Industrialization CS Peter Munya

The four cabinet secretaries are close to the president.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Munya said the assassination claims are baseless but confirmed that they have been meeting La Mada Hotel to plan how to unveil development projects in Central Kenya.
Ruto reportedly told Uhuru that the four cabinet secretaries, together with operatives in Harambee House and others who ran his campaign, have been holding meetings to finish him politically and it is time they were shown the door.
But the president is said to have dismissed the accusation.
According to sources, only five cabinet secretaries are allied to Ruto. They are Farida Karoney (Lands), Charles Keter (Energy), Simon Kiprono Chelugui (Water and Sanitation), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture and Irrigation) and Adan Mohamed (East African Community and Northern Corridor Development).
Those allied to Uhuru include Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution and Asal), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs), Fred Matiang’i (Interior and Coordination of National Government), Margaret Kobia (Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), Amina Mohammed (Sports, Culture and Heritage), Raphael Tuju (no portfolio), Ukur Yatani (Labour), Sicily Kariuki (Health), Rachel Omamo (Defence), John Munyes (Petroleum and Mining), Najib Balala (Tourism), Keriako Tobiko (Environment and Forestry) and George Magoha (Education).
Uhuru, according to sources, also ruled out Ruto’s request to discuss his alleged assassination at the cabinet meeting. The cabinet has not sat for a long time due to the crisis.

The deputy president’s allies have been piling pressure on the four CSs accused of holding a meeting at La Mada Hotel off Thika Road to allegedly plot the DP’s downfall to resign.

Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) – a close ally of the DP – has insisted the matter is serious and should be thoroughly probed.
They have also been accusing Interior principal secretary Karanja Kibicho of undermining the deputy president.
Kibocho was named among those allegedly plotting to kill Ruto