Last week, controversial Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said President Uhuru Kenyatta has already finished cobbling a new Cabinet.
Among them are nine prominent politicians as Uhuru plans a major shake-up in government. The changes will see almost half of the current Cabinet secretaries sacked. Most chief administrative and principal secretaries could also lose their jobs in the grand fumigation
After running out dissents in the parliamentary leadership, the President is said to be shifting his focus to the Cabinet and is reportedly keen on tapping the most experienced hands to drive his legacy agenda.
According to a highly placed source aware of the looming Cabinet reshuffle, the President could announce the changes any time from now.
In the expected changes, Kenya National African Union Party chairman Gideon Moi could be appointed to the Cabinet, a move that will cause a by-election in Baringo county which he represents in the Senate.
Wiper leader and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is proposed to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The move is part of an elaborate plan to elevate the scion of former President Daniel Moi with an office with a national profile that could be critical in his presidential ambitions.
Gideon has hinted that he will be seeking to succeed Uhuru in 2022.
Ex-Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto, former Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe and East Africa Court of Justice judge Charles Nyachae have also been mentioned as those who will join the Cabinet.
Rutto will land the Agriculture docket while Gideon will oversee the lucrative Energy portfolio.
According to the Star, other names tipped for appointment are 2013 presidential candidate Peter Kenneth, ex-MPs Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), Paul Otuoma (Funyula) and Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurwe-ini).
There are reports that Uhuru may hive off the immigration and registration of persons department from the Interior and Coordination of National Government ministry and name Mwathethe as the new docket’s boss.
Sources revealed that Kalonzo and Rutto have already accepted the offers while the Kanu chairman was still undecided “as the move has political implications on his 2022 presidential prospects.”
Over concerns as to who will then become Kanu party leader as the Constitution does not allow a CS to engage in politics, Kanu stalwarts are pushing for businessman and former national chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kiprono Kittony to be appointed instead of Moi.
Unlike in 2013 where Uhuru picked mostly technocrats, it is now understood that the President has opted for a politicians-dominated Cabinet.
The new CSs are expected to help the President “explain to Kenyans the projects government is implementing as Uhuru firms up his legacy”.
The impending changes have already triggered panic in the Cabinet amidst reports that key allies of Deputy President William Ruto and those nursing 2022 political ambitions will be dropped.
Otuoma was in December 2018 appointed to chair the Privatisation Commission while Kabando was appointed last year as the chairman of the Board of Local Authorities Provident Fund.
The Nyachae family that played a key role in the re-election of Uhuru in Gusii region is fronting Charles.
If appointed, Charles who served as the chairman of the defunct Constitutional Implementation Commission will have to resign as a judge.
However, it is understood that negotiations are still ongoing on who between Peter Kenneth and Jamleck Kamau will be given the position considering that both come from Murang’a county.
In January this year, Uhuru reshuffled his Cabinet in the changes that saw former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and former Treasury CS Henry Rotich sacked.
Uhuru moved Rachel Omamo from the Defence docket to Foreign Affairs while Sicily Kariuki who was then serving as the CS for Health was moved to the Water.
Kariuki took over from Simon Chelugui who was moved to the Labour ministry.
Peter Munya moved from Trade and Industrialisation to Agriculture while Monica Juma swapped places with Omamo.
Ukur Yatani was confirmed as the substantive National Treasury Cabinet Secretary. He had been the acting CS after Rotich was charged in July last year.
Mutahi Kagwe and Betty Maina were brought on board as Health and Industrialization cabinet secretaries respectively.