Worrying details emerge on Moi influence in Uhuru’s new cabinet

Gideon Moi is reported to be making critical decisions for Uhuru

Godfrey Kipsang, a research and political analyst, stated that President Kenyatta’s cabinet appointments were most likely influenced by Gideon and his father, former President Daniel Moi.

The analyst pointed at the move to appoint Fred Matiang’i as the substantive CS for Interior Coordination as one of the major wins for the Gideon.

According to Kipsang, Matiang’i’s stay as Education CS will not be for long given that he was picked on an acting basis.

Moi Education businesses

Matiang’i exit from the Education docket, the analyst adds, was meant to save Moi’s businesses including Kabarak University which has suffered very low admissions as a result of the government’s 100 percent absorption of qualified students.

“Being heavy investors in the Education sector, the Mois have considered Matiang’i’s reforms detrimental to their business".

“Even Kabarak High School, consistently topped the rankings for many years, is today a pale shadow of itself, thanks to Matiang’i’s reforms. Other schools owned by the Moi Family include Sunshine Secondary School in Nairobi and Sacho High School in Baringo as well as the Moi Educational Centre in Nairobi,” he opined.

Late George Saitoti and Moi fallout

Kipsang’s then offers the story of President Moi and his loyal deputy Prof George Saitoti who had hoped to take over in 2002, but was later betrayed after the entry of Uhuru Kenyatta.

The former President made his decision based on old family ties as opposed to political loyalty, a gesture that the Jubilee leader may be compelled to reward.

“Gideon knew Uhuru at a personal level when they were kids. Ruto, on the other hand, came into the picture only recently."

“Uhuru has a great political debt to the Mois and he seems focused on paying it back during his final term. The big question is: Will he sacrifice his friendship with Ruto because of this debt?” Kipsang concluded.

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