Details have emerged of a tense meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto and the last minute intrigues that saw the President change his mind on sacking five CSs who have been adversely mentioned in runaway graft in government.
Details of Uhuru's meeting with DP Ruto and intrigues that saved 4 CSs mentioned in corruption scandals
This is how it went down
The Standard reports that the DP arrived for the tense meeting at 6 AM to present his views on the impending changes.
“The argument from one of the sides was that sacking them without evidence could amount to witch-hunt. It would also subject them to a public lynch mob. But the die was cast when one side posed where the lynch mob will stop at once encouraged with immature sackings,” a well-placed source told the paper.
It is on record that several MPs allied to the DP including Kipchumba Murkomen have alleged that the fight against corruption is unfairly targetting those close to DP Ruto with an aim of painting him as a corrupt individual.
It is this that made the President change his mind on sacking the CSs even as he called for intelligence report on the affected CSs, whose ministries have been making headlines over questionable deals and transactions that saw Kenyans lose billions of shillings.
However, sources confirmed that the CSs are not off the hook yet with a new executive order currently being worked on and which could see several sent home.
“The President reportedly called National Intelligence Service (NIS) director Philip Kameru to ask for the report on them. The NIS report was not ready, and that is how the five kept their jobs, at least for now.
A new executive order is being worked on. The release date has not been indicated,” a well-placed source privy to the details told the Standard.
Saving Rashid Echesa
For Rashid Echesa, nothing could be done to save his career.
The former Sports CS had attracted the wrath of President Uhuru Kenyatta for engaging with local leaders in a war of words in their support for the DP.
Reports indicate that “Echesa was told he is not a Luhya CS. There is no docket for Luhya affairs”.
In an Executive Order issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, the president explained that the move was informed by a commitment to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability at all levels of Government.
"In accordance with Article 152(5) of the Constitution, as read together with Article 152(1)(d) of the Constitution, the appointment of Mr Rashid Echesa Mohamed as a Cabinet Secretary has been vacated," Executive Order 3 of 2019 read in part.
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