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Uhuru jets back to the country amid storm in the government

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday evening, April 22, 2021 flew back into the country after a three-day state visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an invitation from his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi.

The president on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 left the country for a 3-day tour to DRC in which the two heads of states signed four framework cooperation agreements covering several economic sectors including; security, trade and transport.

In his statement shortly after signing the bilateral agreement with President Kenyatta, Tshisekedi expressed his gratitude to Kenya for her continued support to the mineral rich country.

“I will never stop to be grateful for the support Kenya continues to offer DRC,” President Tshisekedi said. 

However, the president is expected to respond to alleged constitutional crisis after a High Court had ruled that nine Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) and all 29 Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) whom he appointed in his government are illegally in office. 

In his ruling, the High Court Judge Antony Mrima stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta disregarded the law when creating the CAS jobs and that it was unconstitutional to exempt nine CSs from parliamentary vetting when Uhuru’s second term commenced in 2017.

However, Jubilee party Secretary General who is also a Cabinet Secretary without portfolio, Raphael Tuju defended his party boss insisting that the head of state followed the law while constituting his cabinet. 

“I can assure you that there is no panic in the Cabinet and that there is no effect of this particular ruling until after May 29. If at all we are in disagreement with it, which I think we are, there is an appellate process and I believe the President adhered to the law,” Tuju stated. 

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