The Kenya’s fifth president William Ruto has allegedly done cabinet reshuffling before beginning his tour in Nyanza region which has been a major subject of discussion. The changes have mainly touched on the ministries and foreign embassies.
In the changes, major clear thing is how he has tried to solve the standoff that had been reported in the ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation between the then cabinet secretary Alice Wahome and her permanent secretary. There was a problem between the two over recent reports that the PS had diverted the budget of water meant for Mount Kenya to some counties in the Rift Valley. Wahome has now been moved from the ministry to the ministry of Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development. Her space at Waters house will now be occupied by Zachariah Mwangi Njeru.
Another conspicuous Mount Kenya minister who has been moved is Moses Kuria who was heading the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry and will now occupy Aisha Jumwa’s initial position at the ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management. Aisha will now be in charge of the ministry of Gender, Arts and Culture and Heritage.
Another person who has been affected is Alfred Mutua who has been removed from the Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs to the ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. His former ministry will now be under the office of Prime Cabinet Secretary led by Musalia Mudavadi. This comes at a time when Mutua has been facing it rough after signing a deal to send 1000 Kenya police officers to Haiti to keep peace.
There are other appointments made on the composition of the foreign services and permanent secretaries as seen on the gazette notice released. Here are they;
These new changes have been interpreted to mean the efforts by Ruto to save his support base in Mount Kenya which has been under cold war with his leadership for what they term as being left out and shortchanged in the appointments. It has also come just days after UDA’s meeting at Bomas which was followed by two separate meetings of mount Kenya legislators who retreated to present their ultimatums to Ruto before things went out of hands.