Uhuru’s power deal with Gideon and Ruto 2022 succession plan
12 months ago, 17 Dec 09:46
Details of a secret power sharing deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kanu chairman Gideon Moi can be revealed today. As part of the hitherto closely guarded deal, the Baringo senator handed President Kenyatta names of potential nominees to the Cabinet on Thursday last week, further stoking tensions within the Jubilee coalition as Deputy President William Ruto grows increasingly jittery over the role of Mr Moi in government. An impeccable source at the senator’s office confided to Nation that Mr Kiprono Kittony, the chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), and Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat are among those whose names are with the President. In the larger deal, Mr Moi wants President Kenyatta to set aside a total of six slots in the executive, two in the Cabinet and four for principal secretaries in return for Kanu’s support for his re-election in the August 8 and October 26 presidential elections. PILES PRESSURE The secret arrangement with Kanu further piles pressure on Mr Kenyatta who equally promised nearly all opposition politicians who switched their loyalty to his side that they would be incorporated in his government. There are other parties like Maendeleo Chap Chap, Narc-Kenya, DP and PNU that also supported him and will be waiting to be rewarded with positions. Lobbying for the slots in government is in top gear with a number of the President’s men hinting that most of the cabinet secretaries would be shown the door when Mr Kenyatta crafts his team for the second and final term in office. UPDATED VERSION The Kanu list is an updated version of an initial one crafted before the August 8 election and contained names such as that of Prof John Lonyangapuo who has since been elected West Pokot governor and no longer needs a presidential appointment. Party insiders say rewarding Kanu with government jobs was discussed as recently as last month when the President met his political godfather and retired President Daniel arap Moi at the latter’s Kabarak home in Nakuru County. Last week, Mr Salat said Kanu was ready to work with the government and be part of President Kenyatta’s legacy. “We have our MPs who have contributed to Jubilee’s majority in Parliament. So outside Parliament, we would want to be included in government,” he said. CONFIRMED Mr Salat confirmed Kanu had submitted the list of its nominees through their chairman. “It is the President’s prerogative to appoint them to whichever positions, be it CS, PS, parastatal heads and others. We have not been given a specific allocation.” Prof Lonyangapuo said that while there was no written deal for such appointments, they had given the President the proposal when they agreed to back his re-election earlier this year. He revealed that the Kanu leadership had met the President in February and presented their proposal for appointment for CSs, PSs, and ambassadors, managing directors, chairpersons of parastatals, CEOs and university chair persons to be picked by the party. “We submitted our proposal to the President and ...
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