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Nanok’s message to Uhuru after he sacked 13 cabinet secretaries

13 Cabinet Secretaries were sacked on Friday.

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In a statement to newsrooms Friday evening, Mr Nanok, who was once a hostile of the president, quipped that the move to appoint former officer of the senate and governors holders was a good sign of commitment to devolution.

“Having served as pioneer Governors and senator, the leaders are champions of devolution and their appointment will deepen relationships between National government and County governments,” Mr Nanok said in a statement.

He added: “On behalf of the Council of Governors and the 47 County Governments, I congratulate you all on your appointments and wish you the best as you serve Kenyans and look forward to working with you to ensure Devolution remains the vehicle that delivers the people’s aspirations.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday appointed former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani (nominated Cabinet secretary), former Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua (as head of Stet House Controller) and former Turkana senator John Munyes (as cabinet secretary) after he fired 13 other cabinet secretaries and held on six others. The new nominees, however, will have to face parliament for vetting.

13 sacked

Meanwhile, 13 cabinet secretaries were skipped on Friday during the naming of the new cabinet, which President Uhuru Kenyatta quipped that will be completed in few weeks.

Efforts by the Ameru professional group to campaign for Prof Kaimenyi hit a snag. They have, for some time now, run major campaigns in the press to have the CS retained.

For former Health CS Dr Mailu, the protracted strikes by health workers and the general crisis in the sector may have cost him his job.

The sackings hand Mr Kenyatta an opportunity to reach out to new allies, especially following the post-election realignment. However, it could also pose new challenges for him in the regions that will feel left out.

Friday’s shocker announcement also came with a seal of approval for Interior SC Fred Matiang’i, the man who has become the darling of the President and is often referred to as a super minister by his colleagues.

He is also the acting Education CS under the new dispensation, having switched the two roles. The others that the President retained were Mr Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Mr Najib Balala (Tourism), Mr James Macharia (Transport), Mr Charles Keter (Energy) and Mr Joe Mucheru (ICT).

It would appear that Attorney-General Githu Muigai was retained though the President did not make any mention of him.

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