Friday May 8, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is reportedly planning to force Deputy President William Ruto out of his Government by forming the Government of National Unity with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
According to sources, those behind the move to bring Raila into Government argue that Ruto will not agree to share or hold Cabinet meetings with the former PM if he lands the position of Chief Secretary as planned.
Raila is already acting as the de facto Chief Secretary as he has been meeting Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, parasatal bosses, and most recent Nairobi Metropolitan boss, Major General Mohammed Badi, at his Upper Hill offices.
Raila hosting Uhuru’s elder sister, Kristina Pratt, at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi last year after he presided over a luncheon cum fundraiser for PCEA Kangoya Child Development Centre in Kiambu with the president’s cousin and former Kiambu Woman Rep, Anna Nyokabi, was a political signal.
After a date with Pratt, Raila also held talks with Doris Moi.
Another move to force Ruto to resign that backfired was a Cabinet reshuffle last year that brought in new faces without Ruto’s input.
Ruto’s allies in Cabinet were also sacked.
The decision to hand Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, more powers in coordinating Cabinet activities was aimed at provoking Ruto to bolt out but failed.
Sources intimated that to have Ruto resign apart from the Raila factor, is to have coalition of parties that formed Jubilee start operating independently and forge another alliance with ODM and Kanu of Gideon Moi come 2022.
To further isolate and humiliate his deputy, Uhuru, at the advice of powerful forces in the system, has resorted to ruling by executive orders, a one-man executive show that does not need consultation with his deputy in running the Jubilee Government.
However, this has gone ironically well with Ruto who does not want to be close to Uhuru who many see as failure, something Ruto fears could rub on him and harm his 2022 ambitions.
As a matter of fact, it is said, Ruto now laughs loudly how Raila has become the twin face of this failed Government even when he is in Opposition.
The Kenyan DAILY POST