President Uhuru Kenyatta has set up a secret team of eight individuals who are directly helping him running the country effectively and ensuring his political legacy is firmly achieved. We have established the eight individuals have become President Uhuru’s Kitchen Cabinet, responsible for a number of critical decisions made by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr Kenyatta has also planted other individuals he trusts at prime positions and his inner circle has thinned to just a handful of people.
Dr Fred Matiang’i, Interior Cabinet Secretary
Dr Matiang’i has had a meteoric rise within the Jubilee government and is at the moment one of the most powerful insiders.
A man who made his name at the Ministry of Education where he took on the examination cartels, Dr Matiang’i is now entrusted with running the administrative state and enjoys the President’s total backing.
In Executive Order No 1 of 2019, issued on Monday, January 21, the President gave Dr Matiang’i the super role of providing “supervisory leadership throughout the delivery cycle of all national government programmes and projects” which in effect whittled down the role played previously by the DP.
Mr Raila Odinga, Orange Democratic party leader
Ever since he entered into a political truce with Mr Kenyatta, Mr Odinga now enjoys the trappings of power and is a driving force of the BBI — which is to shape the post-Kenyatta II presidency.For that, Mr Odinga has grown to be one of the most trusted political confidants of Mr Kenyatta and their body chemistry says as much.
Dr Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior
Insiders say that President Kenyatta has turned to Dr Kibicho to manage the government and the politics. This is because he is believable, a workaholic and has become a trusted figure.
Mr Kinuthia Mbugua, State House comptroller
A former Nakuru governor and Administration Police commandant, Mr Mbugua is the diary keeper and, by virtue of his position, becomes a crucial gatekeeper and adviser to the President.
As a former provincial administrator, Mr Mbugua knows the inner-workings of the administrative state. His entry into State House, during Mr Kenyatta’s second term, saw the reconfiguration of State House by bringing discipline into the ranks.
Behind the scenes, Dr Kibicho has emerged as a super principal secretary and today chairs the powerful National Development Implementation Technical Committee, which President Kenyatta formed through Executive Order Number 1 of 2019.
Ms Nancy Gitau, Political strategist
A political strategist par excellence, Ms Gitau is known for her organisational keys and was a key element during the Jubilee campaigns.
Initially based at State House and the Office of the President, Ms Gitau had quietly left but insiders say that she is still one of the few people — outside the government — who are normally consulted. She still runs the political affairs of Mr Kenyatta despite her shadowy input.
At the moment, she is said to be closely involved in Mr Kenyatta’s 2022 political decisions and plans.
Gen Samson Mwathethe, Chief of Defence Forces
Just before the 2017 elections, Gen Mwathethe surprised the political clique when he asked politicians to desist from divisive talk.
It was the first time that a man of that rank was adding his voice at a charged political period.
He warned that Kenya should not be turned into a war zone like Iraq.
That this man has won the admiration of President Kenyatta is now known, and the President hardly misses the military events.
Maj-Gen Philip Wachira Kameru, Director-General National Intelligence Service
He is the Country’s Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) with unfettered access to the Head of State.
He is key in delivering intelligence briefs to President Kenyatta and is said to be trusted by the Head of State, following the renewal of his term in August.
On matters security, President Kenyatta is said to rely on his briefs together with Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and PS Karanja Kibicho.
He boasts of vast experience on intelligence service having served as the head of military intelligence before his appointment as the Country’s spy chief in 2014.
Mr Joseph Kinyua, Chief of Staff and Head of Civil Service
When he was named into this position in 2013, Mr Kinyua had come from the National Treasury where he had made a mark.
At 67, Mr Kinyua is one of the oldest public servants inside State House and one of the longest-serving within the government.
The President appears to trust his wisdom and attention to detail.
But more than that, Mr Kinyua, unlike other public servants, is both incorruptible and a workaholic.