President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to make major changes in his Government, in coming weeks. In a report, the changes will involve top levels in government and may also see a Cabinet reshuffle that may affect up to six Cabinet Secretaries.
In the report, Jubilee Party vice chairperson David Murathe who spoke to the daily confirmed that plans for a reshuffle were underway.
“I can assure you the President is going to be ruthless,” The Standard quoted the Jubilee Vice Chairperson.
The report further stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been considering the cabinet changes in the fight against corruption and to help secure his legacy.
This comes a few days after Uhuru vowed to do all that is within his power to stump out corruption in government.
Speaking during the Jamhuri Day celebration at Nyayo Stadium, President Kenyatta promised to stop at nothing to see that Kenya is a graft free nation.
“All arms of Government must work together to ensure our nation gets rid of this menace. To those engaging in fraud and abuse of office, please listen to me keenly, you can run but you cannot hide,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
To secure his legacy, ring-fence the ‘handshake’ deal between him and Opposition leader Raila Odinga, rid his government of lethargy and make a big statement against corruption, President Uhuru Kenyatta has been considering changes in the government for a while now.
Insiders say a sizeable number of CSs believe their time is nigh. While some are ready for the changes whenever they will come, others have resorted to private and public outbursts that have betrayed their place in the government.
Others have gone into an appeasement frenzy to mend the fences they have broken over the period they have been in government.
In his Jamhuri Day speech, President Kenyatta said he will stop at nothing to ensure a graft-free government.“To those engaging in fraud and abuse of office, please listen to me keenly: you can run but you cannot hide,” he said.
Day’s before this, Uhuru’s “lethal duo” in his anti-graft purge – Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji – rounded off senior government officials in strategic parastatals and paraded them in court to face graft charges.The president has awarded them with State commendations.
This is said to have further set off a wave of panic among the CSs linked to those already hauled before court. “It is the president who hires and fires. If he decides today that I am no longer fit to serve in his Cabinet, what powers do I have to say no?” said one of the CSs we talked to.
On Friday night, President Kenyatta met with Raila and a number of top Opposition leaders. Prior to the night meeting at State Lodge in Kisumu, Uhuru and Raila had privately met thrice in Nairobi’s State House to review his government.