President Uhuru is reportedly seething with rage and has verbally put at least eight Cabinet secretaries on notice for either incompetence or engaging in politics at the expense of service delivery.
Last week Thursday, the President made it clear during a Cabinet meeting that the ministers should either work or quit. The President also told his deputy, William Ruto point blank that he was concerned about his premature 2022 campaigns in which he has roped in some CSs.
The President was reported to have been angered by a meeting convened by the DP just a day after Uhuru’s Mombasa meeting with Ruto and the Jubilee parliamentary leadership at which he called an end to divisive campaigns undermining his legacy programme.
The Ruto meeting was convened to discuss recent political developments –Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i new role where the President gave him wide-ranging powers that include coordinating and communicating government projects and services was the center of discussion.
The meeting also brought Jubilee House leaders who support Ruto’s presidential bid. But it is the presence of CSs Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Adan Mohammed (East African Community) and Simon Chelugui (Water) that apparently unsettled the President.
Sources claim that during last Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, the President directed the harshest words to the CSs, with Sports CS Rashid Echesa in particular getting a tongue lashing.
“Echesa was told he is not a Luhya CS. There is no docket for Luhya affairs.”
Echesa has also been engaged in a supremacy battle with Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala over the region’s politics, and their fight has degenerated into washing dirty linen in public.
Last year, Mr Malala linked the CS to Photo-shopped nude images that were shared on social media to portray the senator as philanderer and irresponsible leader.
The President would later in the day reiterate his warning to the CSs as he addressed a public meeting in Kajiado on his way to Arusha, Tanzania, for the East African Community Heads of State Summit.
Another ministry on the spot is Transport, headed by Mr James Macharia, which, though it delivered on the standard gauge railways, is fumbling over the management of urban road transport.
Uhuru singled out ministers overseeing dockets caught up in corruption scandals and also dared anyone against his Executive Order that handed Interior CS Fred Matiang’i powers to oversee development programmes across the government and chair a committee of all CSs to quit.
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