Deputy President William Ruto has summoned five Cabinet Secretaries including Education CS George Magoha and his Agriculture counterpart Peter Munya at his Karen Official residence for talks.
The Cabinet Secretaries were summoned alongside the Council of Governors to a meeting of the Inter-governmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC).
The meeting scheduled for next week has already started causing jitters in the political field as it comes at a time when the relationship between DP Ruto and his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta is strained.
At the moment, DP Ruto’s powers to influence the running of the government has been diminished after some of his official mandates were transferred to various ministries. This is led to doubts on whether the Cabinet Secretaries will obey his summon.
Ruto’s move to invite the CSs at his Karen home has also been a subject of discussion now that the residence has often been used for political functions.
“The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the next full council meeting shall take place on Monday, 22nd November 2021 at the office of the Deputy President, Karen Office, at 9 am,” an invitation letter by Ken Osinde, Ruto’s Chief of Staff read.
The CS expected to attend the meeting include Ukur Yattani (National Treasury), Prof George Mahoga (Education), Peter Munya (Agriculture), James Macharia (Transport) and Charles Keter (Devolution).
Othe Key people invited to that meeting are the chairman of Council of Governors Martin Wambora, the office of the Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu, Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Anne Amadi, Chairman of the Commission on Revenue Allocation Jane Kiringai, Chairperson of the Couty AssembliesForum Ndegwa Wahome, Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai and the acting chair of the Inter-governmental Relations Technical Committee John Burugu.
With the inclusion of some key government officials to attend the meeting, observers claim that the Deputy President will use the meeting to pass his campaign message to the government.