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Uhuru turns politically ruthless, reorganizes his inner circle

The new men in Uhuru's inner circle

File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta

In his final term in office, President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved in to reorganize his inner circle, slamming allies, entertaining no small talk and negative energy amidst reports of frosty relations in Jubilee.

Credible sources confirmed that the president is keen on leaving behind a solid legacy based on the Big 4 agenda and has adopted a new turn-around strategy crafted a team that has taken charge of the legacy dream.

The new center of power has Dr Fred Matiang'i, political strategist Nancy Gitau, Joseph Kinyua (Head of Public Service), Nzioka Waita (Chief of Staff and Head of Delivery Unit) and Philip Kameru (National Intelligence Service Director).

The team also includes NASA leader Raila Odinga, the President's younger brother Muhoho Kenyatta, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua, Jubilee Secretary General Rapahel Tuju, PS Karanja Kibicho and PS Jomo Gecaga.


The team, believed to be the engine behind the Big Four agenda, fight against corruption and uniting Kenyans and has the president’s ears, replacing those who traded their places for premature 2022 politics and perceived not to be keen on the President’s legacy.

DP Ruto's allies unsettled with Matiangi's role

According to well-placed sources close to the presidency, the decision to elevate CS Fred Matiangi is part of the strategy to have a committed team take charge of his legacy dream and give a break to those who are keen on meddling his dream by engaging in 2022 succession politics.

With some of his allies questioning the decision to elevate Matiangi, it is not clear where the new changes leaves Deputy President William Ruto who is the Principal assistant to the President.


The Jubilee administration’s development agenda has often been mixed up with 2022 succession politics with DP Ruto embarking in what some analysts call premature campaign that risks derailing the Big 4 agenda.

Although the DP is on record stating that his tours have nothing to do with politics but is all in the interest of development, 2022 succession politics, attacking opposition leader Raila Odinga and his push for a referendum has often been part of the agenda during the rallies.


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