The recent appointment of politicians who lost in the last general election to head State corporations could change the political landscape in Central Kenya.
Most of the appointees belong to the so-called Team Kieleweke, which is opposed to Deputy President William Ruto’s succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Their elevation has been interpreted as aimed at countering the weight of the pro-Ruto camp, popularly known as Tanga Tanga team, in the region.
Political analysts Peter Kagwanja and Herman Manyora say the appointments were a clear rebuke of the Tanga Tanga team by the President.
“For now, the appointments may have no effect. But the message has been conveyed that Uhuru is prepared to hit the Ruto team hard,” said Manyora.
Manyora said that while a majority of Mt Kenya politicians are currently with Ruto, few of them would survive if Uhuru were to decide to crack the whip on them.
Kagwanja said the appointments would embolden the Kieleweke team who now feel that the President is listening to them, but would not change the political standing of the appointees in the region.
“The move by President Uhuru Kenyatta is like taking a painkiller. The problem will only be delayed but it remains,” said Kagwanja. He said Uhuru would have to make a more drastic move if he hopes to change the political tide in his home turf.
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, who has emerged as the figurehead of the Keileweke team, said the appointments were a reward for politicians who had heeded Uhuru’s call to shun early 2022 campaigns and concentrate on development.
“All my members have been appointed to State positions and many more are coming,” said the former Starehe MP.