Uhuru set to fire 7 Cabinet Secretaries

Ababu Namwamba and Omar Hassan likely to benefit from the reshuffle

The Jubilee leaders are keen to inject new blood into the cabinet and get rid of CSs who have been seen as underperforming.

Part of the strategy is to develop a team that will prepare Ruto’s run for the presidency in 2022.

Reports indicate that Ruto’s close allies including Davies Chrichir, Omar Hassan, and Ababu Namwamba could be beneficiaries of the Cabinet reshuffle.

The President is also keen on crafting a legacy and will also be bringing on board energised and better performing CSs.

The new Cabinet, which is expected to be expanded to the constitutional limit of 22 members, may also have Retired General Julius Karangi, businessman Peter Muthoka, and Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju.

The Executive Director of the NGO Coordination Board, who has constantly fought proxy wars for the Jubilee government, may also be rewarded with a Cabinet position.

The Star on Wednesday quoted its sources indicating that Dan Kazungu (Mining), Rachel Omamo (Defence), Phyllis Kandie (EAC), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Hassan Wario (Sports), Cleopa Mailu (Health) and Judy Wakhungu (Environment) are likely to exit their powerful positions and given diplomatic jobs as a consolation.

Despite the uncertainty, some of the Cabinet Secretaries are already assured of their safe return to the Cabinet owing to their work in respective ministries and political role on the ground.

Fred Matiang'I, the favourite in Kenyatta and Ruto’s camp, is sure of a comeback but it remains if he will head the Education or Interior docket where he has been the acting boss.

Others who are sitting pretty include Najib Balala (Tourism), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Charles Keter (Energy), Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation) and Eugene Wamalwa (Water)

Joe Mucheru (ICT), Sicily Kariuki (Youth and Public Service), Henry Rotich (Treasury), Willy Bett (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Transport) are unsure of their fate.


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