Internal Power Struggle Behind Delay in Composition of Jubilee Cabinet

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are mere figure heads and they know it

Make no mistakes. Kenya is currently controlled by three people who set the agenda.

Make no mistakes. Kenya is currently controlled by three people who decide the President and set the National agenda.

When Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto entered into a “50-50 power sharing deal” ahead of elections, there were no details on how the division of power at the Cabinet level would be accomplished. More than two weeks after Uhuru and Ruto were sworn following a rigged election, the two have been unable to name the Cabinet. Although Uhuru said that the waiting would be over by today at 9.00 am, there must be explanations behind the extra-ordinarily long delay.

According to Uhuru and his Deputy, the two have been involved in lengthy interviews with the candidates and that this engagement explains why more than two weeks after inauguration, the Cabinet is not yet in place. For the man in the street, the two probably needed more time to construct the best Cabinet possible but for the man in the political think tank, there can be no explanation apart from a protracted power struggle with the 50-50 deal taking centre stage. A look at the background of Uhuru’s and Ruto’s political situation after their take-over of State House could help unravel the puzzle.

Both Uhuru and Ruto are beneficiaries of a rigged election (courtesy of IEBC) and a compromised Supreme Court (courtesy of Dr. Willy Mutunga). Consequently, it must be recognized that there are other powerful forces behind the scenes who brought them to power. These forces include Commander of the Armed Forces John Karangi, Director of NSIS George Gichangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Head of Civil service Francis Kimemia.

Anybody who is capable of controlling the military, the police, the Intelligence Services, the Supreme Court and the Central Bank of any country can be said to be in power. If this postulation can be accepted, it can be safe to assert that a mafia cartel composed of a thieving and ruthless group of Kikuyu elite are the real forces in power and they are the ones who are responsible for the delay in the composition of the Cabinet, not Uhuru and Ruto. They were the same forces who were in control of the Kibaki regime as the old man slept at State House.

Having brought Uhuru and Ruto to power, this cartel has a big say in the composition of the Cabinet irrespective of propaganda to the contrary. Regardless of the theater Uhuru and Ruto try to play to demonstrate that the delay in composing the Cabinet is due to work constraints, only the man in the street can believe them. Indeed, a courageous journalist did ask them if internal power struggle is the problem and the two were clearly in denial. The composition of the Cabinet will have to ensure that power remains on the hands of the cartel irrespective of what was written in some 50-50 power sharing deal before an election that was, in reality rigged.

Power Ministries: Uhuru and Ruto are mere figure-heads in government and they know it. They are more grateful that they are in State House and therefore temporarily shielded from ICC which is hovering above their heads on a daily basis. The tussle with Cabinet compositions might be centered around the need to allow the rigging mafia cartel to have their way on the one hand and Ruto to save face on the other so that the son of the Kalenjin is not seen by his supporters to have been short changed by the Kikuyu Raila Odinga style. In fact, the problem rotates around control of the “power ministries”.

These are the Ministry of Defence; Interior and Coordination of National Government; National Treasury; Foreign Affairs; Devolution and Planning; Mining; Energy and Petroleum; Transport and Infrastructure together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. As the country waits for the announcement of the Cabinet this morning, the most important outcome for the ethnic Kenyan public will be the ethnic origin of personalities who will occupy the above Ministries regardless of the propaganda being peddled to the contrary. Kenyans “voted ethnic” and they expect this tendency to be reflected in the composition of the Cabinet.

As mentioned, both Uhuru and Ruto tried to downplay the issue of a power struggle at a Press Conference at State House yesterday with Ruto going out of his way to explain that Kenyans should not be seeking to establish who is TNA or URP in the Jubilee Cabinet because such a line is non-existent. Surely, if this distinction cannot be established, then what was the 50-50 power sharing deal all about?

It seems as though Ruto has just discovered that he has lost it because for an electorate which cast its votes on purely ethnic lines, it will be impossible to keep supporters satisfied if TNA’s and URP’s share in government is invisible to the naked eye. The power sharing formula cannot be hidden from an ethnic electorate which believes that it “will gain” in some way when the loaf of bread is eventually shared.

Ruto may have discovered that as Deputy President, he has no power to decide on anything major. Having been rigged in by the cartel, Ruto’s big dilemma will be hinged on the fact that he has no voice in the power sharing arrangement ahead of ICC hearings. The mafia cartel is unlikely to compromise on the “power ministries” without which Ruto shall have ended up with a quarter of a loaf (or less) when the deal was half a loaf. Uhuru is sitting pretty because by virtue of his ethnic origin, he is naturally aligned to the mafia cartel controlling events from the background. Why should Ruto be a worried man?

The remaining Ministries like Industrialization and Enterprise Development is useless in a country unable to  industrialize due to technological constraints arising out of imperialist monopoly of technology. The Ministry of Health is rout with problems in a country where the health care system is on private hands, public health facilities dilapidated, medical personnel poorly paid and the health care system is poorly funded. The free maternity services promised by Jubilee will cost Ksh 9 billion annually and no one knows where the money will come from with public debt standing at Ksh 1.8 trillion. Both Doctors and Nurses are waiting for the establishment of the Cabinet so that they can resume demands for higher wages and supply of equipment in hospitals. The implication is that the Ministry of Health will be one of the most “problematic” from day one. Already, the Doctors, through their representatives, have publicly rejected the nominee for health Cabinet Secretary on grounds that the nominee has no background in health care and will therefore be unable to understand critical issues.

Uhuru and Ruto are in power at the pleasure of their bosses
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will be awash with conflicts in a country where the President’s family is the biggest land grabber and where the government stopped building houses for citizens especially in urban areas in the 70s. Without a program for nationalization of land (with or without compensation) being put forward by Kenyan socialists, Jubilee has no solution to the perennial problem of landlessness in Kenya. The urban areas are themselves infested with poverty, slums, high unemployment especially among the youth, crime by idle frustrated youths, poor infrastructure and collapsed social services, deficiencies that have made life in the cities “hell on earth”. If the government had money, the picture could be brighter but the situation is bad because the government has a huge budget deficit while real wealth producing sectors (like the transport sector) are on private hands. Who wants the Ministry of lands, Housing and Urban Development?

When one evaluates the Ministry of Education in terms of problems, the immediate and newest items that comes to mind are the free laptops for standard one kids and free milk. That is if the thorny teacher’s wage hike, strike headaches, shortage of teachers and lack of school books are set aside. In any case, there will be no real money for the mafia to loot in the Ministry of education whose wage bill is the biggest in the public sector. While Uhuru could do business with the government by selling Brookside milk to schools, the lap-top project remains an expensive “wait and see” project because the country does not have enough money to even finance the budget and the Jubilee government will be depending on borrowing to make ends meet.

In fact, Ruto may end up with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts or Ministry of Labour, Social Services and Social Security in a country where there has never been any form of social security, leave alone jobs to keep the Ministry of Labour running.

The Mafia cartel feared Raila Odinga because they did not want to lose their jobs so how will they allow themselves to be sacked, now that they have brought both Ruto and Uhuru to power? For the cartel, both Uhuru and Ruto should be happy that now, they are in a better position to fight against their ICC cases and not bother too much with issues of governance. The two are in power through the pleasure of their bosses, not through the Kenyan electorate which has been hood-winked. To suggest that there is no power struggle that may have delayed the composition of the Cabinet nominees is to assume the intelligence of all thinking Kenyans. It is a difficult situation because while the faces in the Cabinet might be new, they must be aligned to either TNA or URP.

By appearing “in uniform” like school children to face the media at State House (it’s their idea of projecting a united front), both Uhuru and Ruto might be unconscious of the fact that the uniforms make them look more like real clowns with their political godfathers pulling the strings from the background. As the Cabinet is announced and Kenyans encouraged to forget about TNA-URP faces in the Cabinet my take is that William Ruto has all the reasons to be a worried man because he is surrounded by a cartel that will, at best, use and dump him if necessary. If he becomes problematic, he could as well be handed over to the ICC as Kenyatta is shielded to maintain the status quo.

Okoth Osewe



  • A article filled with conjecture, unsubstantiated and concocted allegations. The jubilee coalition is not conducting business on the basis of whether TNA or URP (Kikuyu or Kalengin), nor is it a ” 50-50 power sharing deal” aka. nusu mkate government akin that of Kibaki/RAO, but a partnership of young vibrant political equals. That is the difference in the CORD and Jubilee mindset in regard to governance. Yes, Kenyans voted tribal but it is up to the elected leaders to lead the way away from the polarizing politics of tribe that have driven Kenyan to the ground. As Osewe puts it, “TNA’s and URP’s share in government is invisible” but the Jubilee coalitions strategy for a united Kenya is large as life. Only the hardcore tribalist and those expecting Jubilee to fall back on the usual backward politics of nepotism and sycophancy react with dismay at the great event unfolding in Kenya today. These individuals wishing for chaos, power struggles and dissidence between the two elected leaders at State House, are driven but hatred and tribal bigotry which is portrayed in their negative view of the current events unfolding on the Kenyan political scene. History is being made by Uhuru and Ruto, and conjuring up a mystical cartel or attributing events to the Kikuyu mafia is a smoke screen for the preferred affinity and preference for ethnic politics, because this is the agenda CORD had for Kenya for the next 5 years. Most Kenyans would rather have a cabinet of professional technocrats with a proven track record, then one filled with mindless illiterate or educated buffoons singing praise to their tribal chieftain. Real change has finally commenced, transparency in vetting and interviewing Principal Secretaries (former PS’s) candidates are definitely steps in the right direction. The days of political patronage based on tribe and nepotism seem to have come to an end. Politicians with a tribal power base are threatened because the precedence being set would render them obsolete and useless. The age of dinosaur politics where government appointments reflected sycophancy and nepotism are over. This new generation of leaders have impressed the majority of Kenyans with their cabinet appointments where ability and professional credentials are the yardstick, and not tribal affiliation nor those based on political patronage. Any intelligent Kenyan has already come to the conclusion that CORD would never have made the kind of cabinet nominations we are witnessing today.

    KSB: Hatari, you are back after a brief hiatus. Welcome back albeit with a new topic. Is it conjecture that Kenya has a debt of Ksh 1.8 trillion and that the free maternity stands at Ksh 9 billion annually when the government cannot even pay nurses and doctors wages they can live on? Is it a concoction that Kenya has a gaping budget deficit which will require borrowing from IMF/WB? The illusion you are putting across this time is that tribalism can be ended through appointment of technocrats to run government. For your education, this is not possible. Tribalism can only be ended with a political ideology that has a clear class perspective of the Kenyan society. Jubilee does not even have an ideology, leave alone one that can end tribalism. If they have one, I would be glad if you would let me know. Technocrats in government is not a Jubilee invention. It is a consequence of the New Constitution. This includes vetting of the technocrats. The only history Jubilee is making is that is is splitting down the middle before even forming the government due to vested interests connected to the Mount Kenya mafia cartel that rigged elections to enable Uhuru and Ruto fight their ICC cases much more effectively.

  • Uhuru has once again this morning postponed the naming of Cabinet Secretaries and should be heading to Arusha for a meeting with other African heads of State. When they called off the naming yesterday, he and Ruto looked uncomfortable at their respective podiums unlike Tuesday’s live announcement of the four Secretaries, when they were visibly relaxed.

    At the end of the day, regardless of their 50-50 power sharing pre-election deal, there are forces controlling the process. For the first time in a decade, the finance docket will be under a non-Mt. Kenya member and it must be annoying to them. Also, despite the watered down presidential powers under the new Constitution, Uhuru still pulls the shots and can easily sideline Ruto to maintain the Mt. Kenya status quo. Their political honeymoon has two months and a half to go before we see the true colors of the real cartel behind their leadership.

  • Ingo Secession

    To Secede (or Not) from Kenya?: The Case for Ingo Secession:
    By mhamishi March 19, 2013

    The recent 2013 General Elections in Kenya have given rise to deep divisions and an unparalled levels of ethnic animosity in the country. But the most interesting has been the emergence of talk of secession by various regional based disgruntled persons of varying ethnicities. Currently this talk by itself is not likely to lead to dissolution of this country into separate states or regions, but with the planting of this seed in the minds of many, it now does not seem inconceivable. The issue, therefore, should be taken seriously and examined carefully.

    Secession politics in Kenya is not new. Currently there is a strong secessionist movement at the Coast province fronted by the Mombasa Republican Council. Previously between 1963-67 there was a secessionist conflict in North-Eastern Kenya that was called the ‘Shifta War’. At first glance these movements have legitimate historical and cultural reasons for seeking separation but a close study shows that they display an amazing ignorance of realpolitik power politics as they are driven by political adventurism/posturing against a heavily armed state machinery. For the MRC, this amateurism reached its peak in July 2012 when a court ordered the government to un-ban the MRC, with the presiding judge recommending to the MRC political registration. The MRC subsequently dismissed this suggestion and continued with its militant agenda through threating to disrupt national examinations, stopping voter registration, boycotting national elections and even disrupting the voting process. Everyone knows what happened next in October 2012.

    Historically, the military option has been the most effective method of driving a successful secessionist agenda. Eritrea and Southern Sudan are examples of secessionist success in Africa with a few others currently actively engaged all over the continent and elsewhere. However in Kenya’s case, engaging in an all-out fratricidal secessionist war will lead to the deaths, maiming and displacements of hundreds of thousands with no guarantee of the results.

    This leaves exploiting the political space as the only option for driving an effective secessionist movement in Kenya. Let me make it clear from this point that the Constitution of Kenya exists solely to protect the ruling class and their side-kicks so it is inconceivable for a state authority such as Kenya to voluntarily give away territory. However there is also no state authority in the world that will stand before an idea whose time has come such as a popular revolution.

    I hereby unequivocally call for the Secession of the Four Counties of the historical Western Province of Kenya to form either an autonomous or independent political entity called Ingo (Luhya for Home). Ingo would be a Swiss-style confederation of the Four Counties with a collective administration and rotational head of state system.

    The unsavory truth that the 2013 elections exposed is that of the 42 ethnic groups in Kenya, only a person from one of the big five of the Kikuyu, Luyha, Luo, Kalenjin and Kamba has a shot at the presidency. Of these big five, it’s only the Luhya (People from the Four Counties) who are the most democratic in terms of splitting their voting patterns for all tickets irrespective of the ethnic backgrounds of the candidates. Unfortunately the 2013 elections seem to have cemented a political hegemony that makes it virtually impossible for people from the Four Counties let alone the other 39 ethnic groups to have meaningful political aspirations in Kenya where 2 ethnic groups have now contrived to dominate the country’s politics.

    The People from the Four Counties much like the rest of Kenya are at a crossroads. On the one hand, we desire peace & prosperity yet on the other hand without political equity, all other forms of equity claimed under the Constitution as well as national harmony do not amount to much.

    Rather than continuing to engage in the prevailing Kenyan angst, the People from the Four Counties ought to realistically view the Case for Ingo Secession as an option that balances economic development and political equity. Indeed if one does an opportunity cost analysis, there would be a heavy price to pay for secession than if Ingo were to remain part of the Kenyan republic. But yet again, does the economic value of being part of a larger unit such as the republic outweigh the self-dignity of political equity, not being dominated by hegemonic forces? This is the fundamental question that People from the Four Counties would need to answer.

    The first question is whether secession is legal. The 2010 Constitution declares Kenya a unitary state and that only through a public referendum can the boundaries of Kenya be altered. Here we learn a telling mistake from the MRC on why they are being so ineffective; the same 2010 constitution has devolved and granted county governments, a trojan horse which the MRC chose to ignore. The political entities that are the counties of Kenya offer an amazing legal loophole for Ingo Secession because there is no legal limitation on them from marshaling Plebiscites among the Four Counties for secession. Such referenda would draw inspiration/be similar to the 1995 Quebec Referendum, the 2009, 2011 & 2014 Catalonia Independence Referendums. Simply put, whilst the Constitution of Kenya is a strong legal document, there is no constitution or other legal document that can stand in the way when a population votes in a referendum for Self-Determination which is one of the guaranteed human rights under the UN Charter of 1948.

    The Shifta War insurgents and the MRC adopted a militant posture for their demands which was a welcome cue to Kenya government to respond with violence in a pattern that implies secession is illegal and unconstitutional, and severe punishment awaits those who try to secede. However this is the same government that was a key player in the 2005 Sudan CPA as well as in provision of logistics and training for the 2011 South Sudan referendum. Whilst the Kenya government has the legal case against secession, it does not have the moral argument to enforce unity when a populace has voted for secession. The court of international public opinion would make it difficult for the Kenya government to act against the Case for Ingo Secession if the People of the Four Counties can conduct a well-organized, free and fair referendum that advocates for secession.

    A second question arises over whether the Kenya government could allow the People of the Four Counties to secede, especially since without a doubt this action would trigger a domino-effect on other counties most notably in the Nyanza and Coast regions. If one of either Ingo, Nyanza or Coast regions secedes, rest assured that the next day the other two would follow suit which would be a living nightmare for the Kenya government threatening its very existence, sovereignty and power over the remaining regions. Most likely under pretext of the need to maintain law and order, the Kenya government would come up with an excuse for invasion of the secessionist counties. For them to maintain control of these seceding counties, they would need to conduct some form of genocide, ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and curfews like they did in the 1984 Wagalla Massacre and 2008 Mount Elgon Operations. However military action against a freely independent voting populace would invite extra-ordinary condemnation and sanctions from the international community as well as further inflame secessionist movements in the other counties. Additionally, it is hard to think that the troops would actually bludgeon or kill people expressing freely their right to self-determination. Even if they proceed with the orders, their current ethnic constitution where they are dominated by certain ethnic groups would be seen as some form of genocide resulting in a population that would be uncontrollable by the Kenya government.

    The realistic scenario is that the Kenya government, instead of engaging in futile military actions, would seek to negotiate some agreements around greater Ingo autonomy as well as demonstrating the extent of financial risk for an independent Ingo entity with the hope that such ‘carrot-stick’ scenarios would win back the Four Counties to the republic. In voting for a referendum for autonomy/independence, the People of the Four Counties need to know their worth and at the very least to walk out such a vote with political autonomy, separate vote and own documentation (passports, id’s etc).

    There would be another strategy that the Kenya government would employ against secessionist counties that involves no military actions but a few phone calls where they would call the Nakumatts, Equity Banks, StanCharts and other business operations in the Four Counties to cease doing business. This economic sabotage has happened before where bus companies and other businesses have been held back during elections and other periods so as to deny people from Ingo travel or other activities. In fact the economics is the glaring weak link for People from the Four Counties; until they manage to develop/own the systems and means of productions across a broad economic base, Ingo would be highly dependent on others in the short run 5-15 years.

    However in my opinion, in the long run an economic sabotage programme would be the best for the Four Counties as it would enable the people to rapidly develop self-sufficiency through “import replacement” where all the goods and services that are currently consumed in the counties would have to be produced locally. Initially they would be expensive but over time would improve in cost and quality as well as put more people to work through intelligent recycling and manufacturing. Also with over 5 million people spread across the region, the Four Counties would be in a better position to harvest the rewards of the abundant human capital in the form of a well spread tax base to provide county revenue and services.

    The People of the Four Counties and Ingo do not have the obvious geographical advantages that Coast region would have (by virtue of having ports, airports, tourism, infrastructure etc), therefore the Case for Secession needs to acknowledge the Tyranny of Geography where as a landlocked entity it would be dependent on others for import-export gateways. The Case for Ingo Secession argues that in order for it to be successful, the Four Counties need to establish economic viability through specializing in production of high value items that need air shipments e.g. medical devices, engineering components, jewelry etc as well as services like education, insurance, banking and tourism etc.

    I am personally very optimistic about the potential and Case for Ingo Secession because I foresee that the current ethnic polarization in Kenya has set the grounds for the inevitable Yugoslavia type of breakup be it in 10-60 years; it’s not a matter of if but when therefore the Four Counties would best be prepared to survive and move forward from this eventuality. Even if it’s not ethnic hatred that splits Kenya apart, the winds of global crisis indicate a future where national economies will be forced to transform themselves with more emphasis on local economies. From high oil prices to real-estate bubbles, spiraling national debt to resource scarcity, the future would require a downscale and re-scale of everything where a small, independent entity like the Four Counties would be better buffered through relatively self-sufficiency.

    Kenya is not working; it’s time for the People of the Four Counties to make a Case for Ingo Secession!

  • What a good artical to read this sunny day wonderful in a wonder-land of Hakuna Matata : Karibuni Kenya (Kenya Ni Ya Uhuru Na Ruto) my ass! Three Baboons controlling Kenya and to make the matter worse all Kikuyus. It reminds me how rubbish they pump to 41 oppressed and marginalized Kenya tribes who live under the mercy of these Kikuyu brutes and savages.Just look what is happening in Garissa>every male-youth of Somali origin is being selected .flogge-matched to a Kikuyu detention camp controlled by selected Kikuyu and Kalenjin special soldiers who are using very cruel torture methods against somali youth.
    Nobody is save in Garrissa and its sorroundings Women are raped infront of their husbands young girls are also raped by Special forces selected from both Kamatusa and Gema intoxicated by are kicked flogged stripped naked robbed of their money and documents,tortured and even castrated. There is cry and wailings in this part of Kenya.Innocent Prisoners are denied food water and toilets .the GSU (paramilitary forces are also forcing prisoners to walk without shoes in a place where the temparature is 45 degreesF.
    On the other hand Kenyans should not forget that a Kikuyu cannot be trusted on MOU (memorundum of Understanding)Ruto must not expect to have his 50-50 oh my god not from greedy and cunning son of Jomo! Very soon Ruto will become a hunted wanted fugitive by the ICC in Hague. He must bow /beg prostrate in the feet of Kikuyu King and Kikuyu Controlled Military. Where Gema-Elites blows the Pipe! Kitu -gani. Who is William Samoei Arap Ruto who burned Kikuyu (uhurus-tribe) in A church in Eldoret under the Command of None other but Ruto! I think Ruto and his Goat-handlers must be reminded Kenya belongs to Kikuyus and Kikuyu is Kenya .If you doubt ask the British(Uk) or even the USA-Kenya iko wenyewe.

  • Hatari here we go

    What is contained in TNA-URP power deal that is due for signing
    Updated Monday, December 3 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3
    By Allan Kisia

    Uhuru and Ruto agreed to share all public appointments on a 50-50 basis.

    Out of the 22 Cabinet positions in Constitution, each party will have 11 positions.

    But URP will take the Senate Speaker, the Majority Leader and Deputy President while TNA will get the presidency and Speaker of the National Assembly.

    Apart from being in charge of Government, Ruto’s party will also take control of powerful Cabinet portfolios.

    Sources say URP has agreed to take key ministries like Finance and Planning, Home Affairs, Roads, Housing and Public Works, and Local Government or Devolved units.

    Last week, The Standard reported that they had also agreed to control certain zones. However leaders in areas like Nakuru have rejected the proposal of URP taking control of the entire Rift Valley.

    They have argued that TNA should be allowed to take charge of Nakuru County and Kajiado County because it has strong representation there.

    Earlier, it had been revealed that the two leaders had zoned the country parties would have been given exclusive rights to field candidates in their strongholds.

  • I have to update my earlier entry which was on account of the blackout at KTN and NTV which mentioned there would be no new Cabinet nominees today. However, there is reliable ínformation that a new batch of Cabinet Secretaries has been announced by Uhuru and Ruto. Interestingly, Ngilu and Balala have made it on the list despite assurances from Ruto yesterday that no politician will be in Cabinet apart from him and Uhuru. Also noticeable is the absence of a Luhya nominee. Well, does the list reflect a regional, gender and ethnic balance?

    1. Devolution and planning – Anne Waiguru
    2. Defence – Raychel Awuor Omamo
    3. Transport and Infrastructure – Engineer Samuel Kamau
    4. Environment, Water and natural Resources – Prof Judy Wahungu
    5. Energy & Petroleum – Davies Chirchir
    6. Mining – Najib Balala
    7. Education – Prof Jacob Kaimenyi
    8. Lands Housing and Urban Development – Charity Ngilu
    9. Sports, Culture and Fisheries – Dr Hassan Wario
    10. Agriculture & Livestock – Felis Kipratus Kosgei
    11. Industrialization and Enterprise – Adan Mohammed
    12. EAC, Commerce and Tourism – Mrs Phillis Chepkosgei Kandie
    13. Head of Public Service and Cabinet Secretary – Francis Kimemia
    14. State House Comptroller – Lawrence Lenayapa

    KSB: Balala?? Ngilu??? to quit jubilee after defeat to “renew themselves” before taking their positions? Did I note someone saying that “history was being made?”

  • Paralysis in government
  • Uhuruto copying Obama

    Excellencies UhuRuto: Running A Unity Government Is Not Putting On Uniforms!
    April 25, 2013

    There is a big assumption in this Jubilee government that similar things are the same. This big assumption takes a dangerous traction especially among its supporters; many of whom believe this government was cobbled up in heaven and released downwards for the sons of men. In their statements, this government has full recognition from ‘important’ local deities and divinities and that in the fullness of time; it will be the most perfect government under the moon, the sun, the stars and the rainbow.

    So far, it has achieved the following: put statehouse on facebook and tweeter, brought two former election losers to head parliament and senate, attended a number of churches, attended one burial, named one-eighth of cabinet and talked to Ethiopian Prime Minister.

    As the elected Excellencies were engaged in such important mentioned activities; their spousal counterparts went in a long shopping spree. They bought their husbands-excellencies same shirts, trousers, boxers, vests, socks, handkerchiefs (just in case Ruto decides to weep again), belts, shoes et al. Never before in Kenya has two women, done so much, for so little, to create plastic similarities for two very dissimilar men. Ruto cries; Uhuru does not. Ruto spends more minutes explaining nothing; Uhuru spends no minute to explain anything.

    In their public pronouncements: Ruto wants Jubilee to run a government, Uhuru wants Jubilee to run a Country. Ruto may not care what Uhuru thinks, Uhuru must care what the country thinks. He is the head of state. Even in their non-verbal communication; Uhuru reveals more tension within than Ruto, yet, interestingly, Ruto breaks down faster than Uhuru. A ‘dynamic duo’ indeed!

    So in the last two days, we have been treated to presidential uniforms. But how do you buy uniforms without books? You take eighteen subjects but buys only four books! Aren’t such pupils good for punishment?

    In the primary schools where some of us got the drilling, what their Excellencies have done would have invited several strokes of the cane and thorough grass slashing to do. You see, the media do not want to punish the government they put in place; the opposition in parliament is rudderless and 5.4 million CORDlings still feel this is not their government while the other 6 million are nuts and crackpots difficult to engage with for civic action.

    There are instances when I miss Raila Odinga. It took Jakom a record one afternoon with President Kibaki at state lodge Sagana to move the country forward; not because he was offered all his wishes but because Mr Odinga understood that time is to politics what gravity was to Newton! A day in politics is a very long time. With the emergence of social media, where no one owns the breaking news and information belongs to everyone; yesterday could as well have been the first day of the Armageddon.

    What the last two days has shown is that contrary to numerous publicity stunts and worthy shows of exuberance by their Excellencies since The Hague joined them together, the running of government is not a cozy affair. It is foregone conclusion that the erratic Ruto, if the allegations that he is indeed the stumbling block with his “technocrats only” mantra is still engaging in campaign politics.

    This brings me to the second instance where I miss Raila Odinga. In the cabinet after the formation of the Grand Coalition government; Mr Odinga was given shallow ministries and cobbled up departments to give to his half.

    He took all the flesh in the ministerial bones and gave them to the Kalenjins and luhyas, the big two in Raila’s support base.
    He gave out Agriculture, Roads, Higher Education, Industrialization, Local Government, National Planning etc. He gave these ministries even when Luo Nyanza cried foul because he understood what reciprocity is in politics. Yet he too faced rebellion.
    I have maintained that cabinet secretaries need not be wholly technocrats. That lot should be left for principal secretaries. Cabinet secretaries should be people who will help the president dangle the goodies of development he initiated during his term. What is the significance of Amb. Amina Mohamed in this regard? What is her constituency? Her people?

    In my opinion, there should be populists too in that cabinet. There should be tribal princes and princesses in that cabinet.

    This is why he must bring back the rejected quadruple of Ongeri, Charity, Najib and Dzipapa. He may need them again.

    Lastly, the president needs to have dashboards too, people like Kimunya whom the media could roast without reaching the presidency because it would be a sad day for Kenya if the person of the president will be accused of irregularly awarding tenders to some former campaign financiers from China. He needs someone to do his bidding!

  • I have to retract my earlier observation: Judy Wakhungu is a Luhya, so there is one nominee from Western Kenya. Here is the ethnic distribution of the Cabinet nominees:

    Kisii – 1
    Kalenjin – 4
    Somali – 2
    Kikuyu – 3
    Luo – 1
    Meru – 1
    Borana – 1
    Luhya – 1
    Kamba – 1
    Swahili – 1

    There are six females on the list of 18.

  • Defence gets female nominee, Raychelle Omamo
    By JUDIE KABERIA | April 25, 2013

    Kenya’s immediate former ambassador to France Raychelle Omamo has been nominated to the powerful office of Defence Secretary.

    If approved by the National Assembly, Omamo, a Senior Counsel and a former Law Society of Kenya Chairperson will take up the docket formerly occupied by Yusuf Hajji and be in charge of Kenya’s Defence Forces.

    “Omamo has made substantial contribution to advancement to the rule of law in Kenya and to the development of legislation and policy.

    For example she was a member of the task force for the establishment of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, a member of taskforce on the Review of Landlord and Tenant legislation as well as Assisting Counsel to the Ndung’u Land Commission,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his citation for her nomination.

    The 27-year veteran advocate of the High Court of Kenya is set to become the region’s first woman in charge of defence.

    She said that she was ready and dedicated to defend Kenya.

    “I thank you for this great privilege and honour to serve the country. It is an enormous privilege; it is a huge task. I look forward to working with you and with the rest of the Cabinet in defending Kenya and our borders,” she pledged.

    Kenyatta explained that he allocated Omamo the ministry perceived as tough to a woman because his government wants to ensure that both men and women get equal opportunities.

    He said Omamo has rich experience to lead the Defence Ministry.

    “We are a nation of equal opportunities. We will ensure equal opportunities for all. She has wide experience in many areas. That experience she brings especially in our defence is responsible for engagements with the rest of the world,” he explained.

    Kenyatta explained that his government will not separate youth and women by having special dockets for them but will require their issues represented in all the ministries.

    He said it will be his responsibility to ensure that gender and youth are not locked out in all the ministries.

    “Many think we should have created specific ministries for youth and gender. But my objective is not to squirrel youth into a ministry or women to a ministry. The first task we shall set once parliament vets them is to ensure that each comes up with a clear distinct programme on how women and young people will be mainstreamed in the ministries,” he pledged.

    In the former government there was a separate ministry for Youth and Gender but still women and young people felt under-represented.

  • Five more women join Cabinet nominees list
    By WAMBUI NDONGA | April 25, 2013

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have unveiled 12 other nominees to their 18-member Cabinet.

    The new list has five women and seven men, bringing the number of women nominated so far to six, and men 10.

    Raychelle Omamo, Ann Waiguru, Judi Wakhungu, Charity Ngilu and Phyllis Kandie were nominated on Thursday to the coveted Cabinet Secretary posts, joining Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs).

    While Omamo has been tapped as the first woman in charge of the Defence docket, Waiguru has been nominated for Devolution and Planning.

    Kenyatta picked energy expert Wakhungu to head the Environment, Water and Natural Resource docket, while veteran politician Ngilu was nominated for Land, Housing and Urban Development. Public finance expert Kandie is set to be the Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism.

    “We have taken great care to ensure that as much as possible we have reached all the corners of this country. We have tried to ensure that we have gender balance,” Kenyatta said.

    Former Mvita MP and a partner in the Jubilee Coalition Najib Balala has been picked to be in charge of Mining, while Barclays Bank Chief Administrative Officer for Africa Adan Mohamed is to head the Industrialisation and Enterprise Development docket.

    United Republican Party Secretary General Davis Chirchir is the nominee for Energy and Petroleum, as University of Nairobi Deputy Vice Chancellor Jacob Kaimenyi was nominated to the Education docket.

    Former Roads Permanent Secretary Michael Kamau is the nominee Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure while National Museums of Kenya Director Hassan Wario is to become the Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts.

    Felix Kiptarus Kosgey was nominated as Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries respectively.

    While announcing the names on Thursday the Head of State said it was not easy to have full national representation because of the size of his 18 member Cabinet.

    “Unfortunately unlike previously where the government was very large we have a reduced situation where it is not possible to say that everybody is going to be able to be captured,” he observed.

    Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are yet to announce the nominees for two ministries- Interior and Coordination of National Government; and Labour, Social Security and Services.

    “That is all we have for you for today,” he said.

    On Tuesday, the two announced Fred Okengo, Henry Rotich, James Wainaina and Amina Mohammed as the Cabinet Secretaries in charge of ICT, the National Treasury, Health and Foreign Affairs respectively.

  • Hatari: what you tactfully avoid is the genesis of the KKK (Kikuyu Kalenjin Kamba) Alliance and its goal which was to keep Raila Amolo Odinga out of State House. After throwing Kalonzo off the boat and Ruto affirming he would deliver the Kalenjin vote, they were good to go.

    Right now the Lion’s share of the Cabinet belongs to the Kikuyu and the Kalenjin. The rest are there to add the Kenyan “Rainbow” – a weak representation of other tribes. The Security apparatus still belongs to the Mt kenya cartel and Raychelle Omamo (the Luo Defence nominee) will only be rubber-stamping what they want.

    Kibaki left behind the most rotten administration in Kenya’s history, full of Kikuyus and their Meru and Embu cousins in virtually all the sensitive and top posts which will take ages to dismantle. Therefore, hiding in history by mentioning CORD all the time as your fall back song – which would never do things the Obama/Biden copycats Uhuruto way – is just too simplistic.

    Elections are over and start looking at the rulers in a more serious way and begin questioning whether they will deliver. What is your take on the 1.8 trillion KES debt burden left by Kibaki? What about the freebies promised by Uhuru: laptop, milk, maternity fees waiver, etc.? How will jubilee finance their populist Manifesto? Those are some pertinent things you should spend your time on and not your never ending election mood of tribal siasa and hitting on RAO kila wakati. Look ahead and not backward. Praise Uhuruto and equally criticize them and stop your dinosaur pattern of thinking.

  • Coming from a small nomadic tribe, I should be happy if we go by the moronic tribal loyalty that dictates to many morons here because my tribe seems to have got more than they bargained for despite voting 50:50. And overall, Muslims seem to have gotten substantial number of secretaries.

    While I thank Uhuruto for trusting the brains from NEP, I must add that filling 50% of the cabinet with Kuyus and Kalenjins is not good for them. One, their status as President and Deputy equals the entire cabinet. Secondly, they don’t need to secure Kyuk-Kale interests by taking 50% because every cabinet minister will pass through them and they can talk chini-chini to include something for their tribes. Thirdly, it breaks the sunshine before today that they digital team is honest, non-tribal and all inclusive. And that has been the disease many Kenyans hated. The cabinet makes happy few tribes like Kyuks, Kales and Somalis. The rest: only sprinkles here and there with many, many others missing. Kenya deserves better.

    You would be forgiven to think URP is/was a kalenjin only party from the way Ruto is dishing out cabinet posts to fellow Kalenjins.Four out of 18 cabinet secretaries are Kalenjins. I bet they will get one more from the remaining two to make it five out of 18.

    With eight senators and governors, Ruto had an opportunity to share his cabinets posts with areas that supported his URP party rather than concentrating the posts in Kalenjin Rift Valley. He would have scored huge political points. But at this rate, Ruto is another Moi in the making.

    Uhuru has tried sharing his nusu mkeka cabinet posts across board. Ruto is making UHURU look like saint. Kudos to the son of JOMO.

  • Kademu how spot on coz Hatari has been attempting to lord over Osewe with his/her archaic approach of dwelling upon Raila day in day out. He/she seems old fashioned in mind bearing upon the nitty gritty instead of telling us what ideology Uhuruto have for Kenya. Manifesto is not an ideology. Jubilee is a continuation of the old Kikuyu mafia mindset and soon they will get rid of the excited Ruto. Uhuru is good people who wanted to surrender power to Mudavadi but Kyuk mafia refused.. Hatari’s old conservative tribal thinking must stop.

  • Thanks Osewe for opening my mind. I have been thinking in a box but the more I read KSB, the more I tend to get out of the box. Here in Nairobi, some of my good friends have become addicted to KSB because it is where the real stuff is found. The Kenyan media is afraid of telling it as it is. The TNA-URP deal was a 50-50 deal and now, Ruto is telling us that there is no such arrangement in the Cabinet set up. This is not possible and this is why there must be a conspiracy which we do not know. Keep opening my mind. I will spread KSB link to everybody here who bothers to pay attention. You are doing a fantastic job up there ulayani.

    KSB: Okoth Joram: I feel so much flattered. What you see is what you get. Spread KSB news and keep the faith. Kenya must be free.

  • Why Cabinet line-up was delayed

    Mr Ruto had declared on Wednesday that the President and himself would be the only politicians in the Cabinet.

    On Thursday, the inclusion of Mrs Ngilu, the former Water minister, and Mr Balala, the former Mvita MP, in the list of Cabinet Secretaries, caught Kenyans by surprise.

    Mr Ruto was referring to the position of his party — the United Democratic Party — that no politician should be appointed to the Cabinet. He wanted Mrs Ngilu and Mr Balala to be given other jobs outside Cabinet.

    But sources said that President Kenyatta, on the advice of his handlers, wanted the two included in his Cabinet on grounds that they stood by his State House bid.

    On the two now vacant dockets, sources said President Kenyatta was negotiating with Mr Ruto to name a politician from western region to the docket of
    Labour, Social Security and Services, which belongs to URP.

    The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will be held by TNA.

    However, Mr Ruto was hesitant to let go of the slot.

  • Unless Kenyan tribes change their way of prostrating in the feets of kikuyus and stop this primitive mentality and behaviours of keeping on appealing to the corrupt Govt like Tunaomba Serikali itusaidie na hivi na hivi.Kikuyu govt has mastered the weak behaviours of these Primitive tribes and the govt exploits tribal-ignorance in a perfect way: Eg: Luos has failed to conquer Power from Kikuyu-thieving and thuggish mafia gangsters. Other primitive weak tribes like Luhyas has given up struggle and has chosen boot-licking Kikuyu Matako Musalia Mudavadi,etc. Other marginalized tribes has easly surrendered to Kikuy-hegemony Money Power and ruthless kikuyu tactics of making these primitive tribes to succumb and coercion .The major question remains when will these oppressed 41 tribes rise-up and rebel against Kikuyu class and Kamatusa domination?

  • Madd Madd World

    Two strong headed politicians, no matter how friendly, will always find some time to clash. It is obvious that Uhuru and Ruto had a tiff over the inclusion of Ngilu and Balala in the Cabinet hence Wednesday’s delay and subsequent utterances by the pair over the politicians. However, the Prezzy has a plot: pushed into accommodating the two failed senators by some “dark forces” – and his mum – he’s happily tossing them over to MPs who campaigned hard for their positions and are hostile to losers. That’s where they’ll be eaten.

    But, you can imagine, without the new laws, all Poghisios, Kwere Kweres, Mungatanas, etc, would be in Cabinet today! Uhuru’s being hailed for appointing professionals. He’s bound by the law!

    Ruto will have to go easy kidogo. At the end of the day, Uhuru is the boss. They can easily end up as another “grand coalition” – bad for Kenya.

  • Hatari don’t get orgasmic over Uhuru’s style. CORD could do the same: It’s all in the new Constitution which Ruto did not support. Na mambo bado. Ruto has been forced to accept failed politicians (Ngilu n Balala) into the new look Cabinet. Yes, the mystical Kikuyu Mafia na Mama Ngina at work here.

  • For sikwekwe only

    President, Deputy have failed ethnic diversity test in Cabinet nominees

    Updated 9 hrs 17 mins ago

    The Constitution of Kenya (2010) is clear on the matter of ethnic and regional diversity. Article 30 for example states: “The national Executive of the Republic comprises the President, the Deputy President and the rest of the Cabinet.” It goes on: “The composition of the national Executive shall reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of the people of Kenya.” Elsewhere, Article 131 states: “The President is a symbol of national unity . . . The President shall respect, uphold and safeguard this Constitution.” It goes on: “The President shall promote and enhance the unity of the nation.” It also says, “The President shall promote respect for the diversity of the people and communities of Kenya.”

    Now all this arises out of the fact that managing ethnic diversity has been one of our biggest challenges. When we made the new Constitution, we had just tasted tragedy resulting from mismanaging our ethnic diversity. The murderous fires of 2007 and 2008 taught us that managing our diversity is such a grave matter. We had to write it into our new Constitution. We crowned it by placing the heaviest burden of this task into the hands of the highest office in the land – the Office of the President.

    Now the list of Cabinet nominees that President Uhuru Kenyatta has so far rolled out does not fit the bill. The President and his deputy have done the usual thing. People from their ethnic communities dominate their Cabinet, at the expense of other tribes. This is wrong. If we had Parliament that cared for the future of this country, it would reject this Cabinet on this ground. I have no illusion how Parliament will vote on this matter – tribally.

    Yes, the President did quite well on most other grounds. He has addressed gender – at least to the minimum required. He could have done better, however. There is no good reason why women should always be fewer than men. A fifty-fifty arrangement should have been the right thing. He has tried, however. The proposed Cabinet is also youthful, professional and as far as we know, untainted. However, the President has served the youth a cold dish. None of the nominees is below age 35. What happened to the promises they made to the youth while on the campaign trail?

    The freshness of the faces almost teases us into saying, “It is good.” A scrutiny, however, disappoints. There are clear political interests not necessarily in harmony with broader public interest. If we look at the nominees’ ethnic backgrounds and take it that this is the President’s interpretation of Articles 130 and 131 of the Constitution, we must remain with sadness and despair.

    The Cabinet Secretary for Defence nominee is on board to spite the Odingas. It is a reminder to the Odingas and to the Luo that when President Jomo Kenyatta fell out with Odinga in 1969 he brought in Odongo Omamo to replace him. Omamo was the symbol of the Executive’s scorn of the Odingas and the Luo, in general. Is the new President Kenyatta (Kenyatta II) saying what the father could do, the son can also do?

    The fallout between Jomo and Jaramogi reverberates to date. You would think the new Constitution and the new President give us the opportunity to begin all over. This country is in dire need of healing ethnic yaws. The angry insolence that young people write in social media is frightful. I asked a few weeks ago, “Will our children live together?” Will they? This is not an idle question. Ethnic diversity must be managed in a deliberate, planned and sustained manner before we sink.

    Ethnic animosity is the easiest thing to breed, everywhere. It requires a lot of patient self-restraint to avoid being drawn on to the bandwagon of trading ugly words with people from the perceived “enemy tribe.” This must in many ways be what the poet W.B. Yeats had in mind when he wrote, “The Second Coming.” The poem is itself frightful. It talks of mere anarchy loosed upon society. Innocence is lost. The best lack all conviction. The worst are full of passionate intensities.

    Yes, even university professors and church ministers have been sucked into the ethnic passions. President Uhuru Kenyatta is a human being. He must deep down share in these passions. It is hardly possible that you could find a single honest person who has not experienced this negative heat of dangerous passion against some people, just because they belong to a certain tribe. Perhaps that’s what you feel as you read me. Yet, this is where reason and self-restraint must come in. People in authority – including scholars, the clergy and political leadership must think twice and take a deep breath before unleashing that ethnic invective.

    Yet nobody carries a bigger and heavier load on this vexed matter than the President. The President must conquer the natural drive to say, “My tribe against the rest.” The healing must surely begin somewhere? While it has traditionally been difficult to determine just where, Kenyans decided in August 2010 that they would burden the person elected President with this heavy load. Yes, he would be the symbol of national unity. He would conquer his passions and give us a Cabinet that reflects ethnic and regional balance. He would promote respect for diversity and for all tribes.

    When the President and his Deputy appoint an Executive of 18 with more than half of the people from their two tribes, they fail the leadership test. This is particularly because other communities do not have even one “representative.” Where are the Miji Kenda in this Cabinet? Where are the Maa people? Where are the Abakuria? What of the Teso? And so many others.

    No, President Kenyatta does not have enough numbers to go to every tribe. Kenyans will understand if the Executive is not overloaded with two tribes.

  • Hatari by accepting that Kenyans voted along tribal lines, then it is self-explanatory that the Cabinet nominees will reflect the same pattern. Wacha kuja na hypothesis mingi sijui Uhuruto will do it differently.They are products of a stolen election and a weak Supreme Court. Wacha 100 days zikwishe then we shall know who is who.

    By the way Hatari, why don’t you write serious articles instead of your habit of preying onto Osewe’s articles and often dwelling on tribalism which you also have no solution of ending?In the beginning I thought you were neutral but as time goes by you have shown your open leaning toward Mt. Kenya whose members have perpetuated tribal problems for 50 years. How do you explain the come back of incompetent politicians Ngilu and Balala into the new-look-better than CORD Cabinet appointments?

    Yeah, the Principals are already tripping!

  • we knew all along the moment IEBC and supreme court robbed kenya of a democratic government under CORD that Kenyans will be cheated,sugar coated and robbed all the way to year 2017 by rogue leadership of jubilee.uhuruto government is acon all the way.who are these so called technocrats just lofty credentials with no proven public known track record—–how many mistresses are included ? how many yes men are here ?how many bootlickers are here.?
    were we not promised a cabinet without politician thieves and crooks ?barely 24 hrs later charity ngilu is named in lands and urban development and ballaa is in mining–you know record of ngilu as tribalism,thief,fraudster,master manipulator—go to nhif,ministry of health,keenyatta national hospital,ministry of water —the rotten record is there for a;ll to see –how digital is ngilu and jubilee thinks they can fool kenyans for long ?
    ballala antagonized every stakeholder in tourism –about utalii college and coast ?
    about licensing of lodeges in game parks —-
    he is handsome yes but his greed for business deal equal just william ruto and so called jubilee coalition partners but at expencse of citizens .attending a seminar in harvard is not education with ideas and we challenge balala to tell us where he went to school apart from kakmega high ?
    what will prevent ngilu and balala from introducing corruption to cabinet colleagues ?

  • Uhuru and Ruto CAN AND NEVER will be equal,the presidency can not be shared. Period. Ruto will soon realize things are thick. Hate me now and believe me later. The truth stands. Uhuru is setting up ruto to look power hungry and ruto is falling for it. now uhuru has embarassed him by appointing politicians after ruto said no politician will be appointed. Mambo bado.

  • Election of Senate and Parliament speakers has cast Jubilee in bad light

    Updated Sunday, March 31 2013 at 09:11 GMT+3

    By Micah Kigen

    The first steps by the Jubilee Coalition in their quest to assume power have confirmed our worst fears, that Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are two politicians who lack nationalism and are out to build a government of two communities.

    When Parliament (National Assembly and Senate) first sat on Thursday, they lobbied to ensure both speakers and deputy speakers are from Rift Valley (Ruto’s) and the Mt Kenya (Uhuru’s) regions.

    Better candidates from other parts of the country were cut out.

    So they took a crony of Uhuru Kenyatta, Justin Muturi for National Assembly Speaker with Ruto’s ally, Joyce Laboso as his deputy. At the Senate, Ruto crony, Ekwe Ethuro was elected speaker and Uhuru’s close ally Kembi Gitura given the deputy speaker’s positions.

    These acts have betrayed the two men’s intentions: To appoint only their cronies from their communities to serve in Government. Kenyans are shocked that even their supporters from other communities were sidelined in the crucial decisions to pick the speakers.

    In what is a shocking show of numerical arrogance, the great support and sacrifices the two got from areas like Coast (Ali Mwakwere, Najib Balala, and Danson Mungatana), Lower Eastern (Charity Ngilu and Kiema Kilonzo), Nyanza (Sam Ongeri and Onyango Oloo), Maasailand (Francis Kaparo, Katoo ole Metito, Julius ole Sunkuli, and Gideon Konchellah) and North Eastern (Adan Duale, Mohammed Yussuf Hajji, Abdi Kadir Mohammed and Ali Korane), the two Jubilee principals never thought of allowing these communities to produce the four speakers as a sign of accommodation. What a slap in their faces.

    Now Kenyans can see what was being feared about the two leaders. Pride, arrogance, and tribalism. Even their predecessors: Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki did better. Despite having entertained some tribalism, those statement at least did everything to distribute key national positions across the country’s 42 communities and made many feel appreciated and accommodated.

    The Supreme Court has now given them the green light to form the government. What can we expect?

    Kenyans can now clearly see the direction these two are taking us. It is impossible to imagine how the two decided to sponsor Justin Muturi for speaker instead of the more astute and proven nationalist like Kenneth Marende or the veteran Francis ole Kaparo. Reason? The two don’t belong to the two communities.

    The remaining communities should take note of these actions and most likely similar ones during appointment of Cabinet secretaries (ministers), Principal Secretaries and parastatal bosses to know that they are on their own.

    They should prepare for their future without any hopes in these gentlemen’s government.

  • ICC Judge withdraws from Uhuru, Ruto case

    Updated 5 mins ago

    By Standard Digital Reporter

    NAIROBI, KENYA: Belgium Judge has withdrawn from cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the International Criminal Court

    In his withdrawal, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert questioned the prosecution’s conduct. “I fully concur with the elucidation in the decision of the prosecution’s rights and obligations under article 54(1) (a) of the statute. However, I would have gone further in that I am of the view that there are serious questions as to whether the prosecution conducted a full and thorough investigation of the case of the accused prior to confirmation,” said Wyngaert.

    “In fact I believe that the facts show that the prosecution had not complied with the obligation under article 54 (1) (a) at the time when it sought confirmation and that it was still not even remotely ready when the proceedings before this Chamber started.”

    More to follow

  • ha ha ha!
    Makozewe that was a satire.
    The two clowns desperately trying to ape Barrack style!But ending up looking like sm monos in drama festivals somewhere….Style is what luos do effortlessly!

  • Ruto played like a yo-yo

    Henry Rotich, you know the middle ranking Ministry of Finance functionary who has been catapulted to become head honcho of the revamped Treasury portfolio.

    According to page 5 of the April 26th edition of the Standard, Mr. Rotich was the Deputy Director in charge of macro economic policy at the Ministry of Finance since 2006.

    That means he was FIVE LEVELS below the minister until just a few days ago. That means he was junior to the permanent secretaries, deputy secretaries, under secretaries and directors that he will now be coordinating and supervising.

    Quite a meteoric rise eh?

    We all saw the guy sputtering, stuttering, quaking and almost quacking when the President invited him to the State House lectern to say a few words to the wananchi gawking at his image on television screens across Kenya.

    Now get this.

    All his former bosses are there by dint of the Public Service Commission (the bulk of them at least). The ones who are not going to be relieved of their jobs, retire, or as they say these days, “move on”, will retain their titles and privileges in the Kenyan Mandarinate. It is going to be surreal contemplating the prospect of the relative equivalent of a senior clerk dressing down his former managers- if it comes to that, that is.

    But that is NOT what tickled my fancy.

    I am made to understand that according to the 50/50 arrangement between TNA and URP, the finance plum job had been RESERVED and GUARANTEED to Deputy President William Ruto.

    Those who are assuming that Rotich, because of his Kalenjin surname was Ruto’s pick are in for a rude shock.

    Who was Rotich’s Oberhaupt his Vorgesetzte when Uhuru Kenyatta was still in charge of Finance?

    That was a rhetorical question.

    Henry Rotich, in turns out, was a TNA pick!

    My hard working moles , who must have been furtively eyeballing the tensevuta-ni-kuvute through the State House key holes, whispered in my left ear when I was not looking that the REAL POWER behind Uhuru (some well-connected Mt. Kenya Mafia have been cited, including one of the maternal relatives of very senior government officials) simply confronted a rather rattled Uhuru and told him, that despite the Gentleman’s Pact with the other half of the Dynamic Duo, the“House of Mumbi” simply had to keep control of the Treasury for well articulated strategic, ethno-comprador power considerations and interests.

    If Uhuru was rattled, then Ruto was keeled over with stupefied astonishment!

    It appears that Uhuru was coerced into going along with the assurance that he did not have to propose a Mgikuyu. The simple ploy was to pick an Uhuru loyalist-but from among members of the Kalenjin community. Kenyans would be then hoodwinked into thinking that Henry Rotich was Ruto’s pick. I was told that Ruto had his own nominee.

    That is what I was told.

    I was not there obviously, so this could be just one of those nasty Made in Nairobi rumours.

    Anywayz, to conclude this little tattle tale.

    Ruto was reportedly adamant that the cabinet selection process would be halted there and then.
    No move until the Dynamic Duo reverted back to the original pact.

    That I am told, is REAL REASON WHY THERE WAS SUCH A LONG DELAY in announcing the cabinet.

    There was a tense tussle between TNA and URP over the composition and the balance of the Jubilee government with Ruto’s people crying foul as they struggled to unsheathe the dagger from their ambushed backs.

    The drip drip announcement of four names today; twelve names a couple days later; that was basically management by crisis.

    A circular had gone out to the media corps to be on hand for a 4 pm State House announcement and the hawk eyed Fourth Estate were parked in the Presidential lawns by 3 pm.

    What to tell them?

    What to tell the waiting nation?

    Announce four names and that was it for the day. Give the media and the country a bone to chew on as heads were scratched, brows furrowed plotting of a Plan B in rolling out the new cabinet.

    And by the way, a former academic colleague of Fred Okengo Matiangiintimates that the Information, Communications and Technology would be cabinet secretary and supposed Simeon Nyachae crony, may face a storm (quite possibly in a Kenya Chai kikombe) over allegations that he was relieved of his University of Nairobi teaching job for being absent without official leave as well as questions over the probity swirling around how some State University of New York (SUNY) funds may or may not have been diverted into some unrelated mansion construction project in the leafy Karen suburb. Apparently forensic financial sleuths from a certain northern European embassy did a thorough audit of SUNY’s books, and discovered a great deal of creative accounting, and conflicts of interests including hiring friends as key resource persons and tapping relatives for all related procurements. The gist of these allegations is that there were of family entanglements which were not very kosher/halaal .

    But hey, I am not part of the 28 person parliamentary vetting committee so Mr. Matiangi and his detractors will cross that bridge when they come to it.

    So, will Kenyans see devolution implemented as per the provisions in the 2010 Constitution?

    Well, in my opinion, NOT if the World Bank and the IMF has anything to do with running the Treasury!

    Ploughing through that humungousWorld Bank document, it becomes even more abundantly clear WHY it HAD to be HENRY ROTICH selected to head Treasury because believe it or not, that World Bank document is going to be the corner stone of Jubilee’s economic policies, not the Harmonized Jubilee Manifesto.

    For the same, I hope it now makes sense WHY a BANKER is the one who is going be in charge of HEALTH and WHY ANOTHER BANKER, Ms. Anne Waiguru is touted to be in charge of Devolution and Economic Policy. She has just left her job as Director of IFMIS and Head of Governance at the Ministry of Finance to join the Jubilee Cabinet.

    It is important that Kenyans should not be bamboozled and dazzled by the array of post graduate stellar qualifications and be led astray as to the REAL ideological motives for hand picking particular individuals to head specific dockets in the Uhuru/Ruto 2013 cabinet.

    I have just done a sample analysis of some of the cabinet anointments, sorry, appointments.

    But if I can speculate a bit further.

    The new minister for Defence,

    Ms. Raychelle Omamo, is a very competent lawyer, distinguished diplomat and a dynamic, fiercely independent woman WITHOUT any ties to the Kenyan security/intelligence complex. Why was she chosen? Precisely because she is a lawyer and a woman without ties to the military. That way, the real boys can remain in charge while having Ms. Omamo as convenient window dressing. But on a minor note I am also that she is SOCIAL friends with the new President and they have been known to share drinks and smokes (quite a variety of those) with the funky head of state.

    The other thing which brings a section of the Jubilee cabinet together is class and social connections.

    Uhuru Kenyatta, Judi Wakhungu and Raychelle Omamo to name just a trio, know each other because of their shared upper middle class upbringing in the leafy neighbourhoods of Nairobi. They went to schools like St. Mary’s and Loreto.

  • By Thomas Escritt

    AMSTERDAM | Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:59pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Judges hearing the case against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court have sharply rebuked prosecutors for failing to disclose evidence that could be used in his defense, but stopped short of restarting the trial.

    While the reprimand will have no impact on the trial itself, it is a fresh blow to prosecutors who accuse Kenya’s newly-elected president of orchestrating bloody post-election clashes five years ago in which 1,200 people died.

    Judges said prosecutors should have told defense lawyers a crucial witness was not present at a meeting where prosecutors alleged acts of violence were planned, saying the prosecution made a “grave mistake” in not doing so.

    The loss of that witness’s testimony contributed to the acquittal earlier this year of civil servant Francis Muthaura, Kenyatta’s co-accused. Similar charges still stand against Kenyan deputy president William Ruto.

    But judges said there was no evidence prosecutors had deliberately withheld the exculpatory evidence, and turned down defense demands that the trial be abandoned or taken back to the confirmation of charges stage, when judges decide if the prosecution’s case is strong enough to warrant a trial.

    One judge went further in her criticism of the prosecutors.

    In a separate opinion, Christine van den Wyngaert said it was clear prosecutors were “not even remotely ready” when the trial had begun.

    “By the extremely late and piecemeal disclosure of an inordinate amount of totally new evidence, which was the immediate consequence of the prosecution’s failure to investigate properly prior to confirmation, the prosecution has infringed upon the accused’s rights,” she wrote.

    Van den Wyngaert, who is also a professor at the University of Antwerp, asked to be excused from trying the cases against Kenyatta and Ruto, saying her caseload at the court was already too great.

    There was no suggestion that her resignation was linked to her criticism of the prosecution.

  • it is being said that ruto is working on splitting GEMA communities by isolating the kikuyu in one corner and the meru in the other. This mistaken reasoning by ruto is that he wants to contain the GEMA and make them sterile in his quest to get fifty fifty short at the presidency. He believes the kalenjin should block other gema from accessing rais and he thinks if it is succesful then it will be easy to deal with kikuyu as the only threat. What ruto does not know is that it is hard to do this he is overestimating his capabilities,already he tried to block balala and ngilu but Uhuru advisers told kamwana to get his act together. My advice to ruto is concentrate on your fifty percent of government and let GEMA do the presidency. Ruto mistakenly belives by he can go fifty fifty head on with kikuyu on all issues,which is plain stupid, kikuyu alone even without GEMA is one monstrous juggernaut capable of crushing any tribe in kenya.kalenjins are just a flea on the GEMA back.

  • From Real Talk With Erick:

    Chants of “Ni mkate full” filled the air at Kasarani as Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were inaugurated to lead Kenya. Oblivious to the fact that the constitution provides for devolution and the fact that Uhuru and Ruto signed a pre-election pact that made them co-presidents. Ruto gets 50% and Uhuru gets 50%. So here we are at the inauguration ceremony and such chants fill the air.

    Kenya! there is a problem. I say there is a problem due to the fact that there were two loud messages at Kasarani that fell on deaf ears. Prior to the gathering at Kasarani, there had been a common enemy and a common task to rally behind (Raila) but at Kasarani, the noise from the fading enemy muzzled the message from a house divided.

    The first message was in the speech eloquently delivered with the pride and passion of a true leader who believes that he is rightfully where he is supposed to be and owes no gratitude to anyone but his hard work. Ruto with utmost humility clearly said that he had arrived ready to work as an equal and with a mandate to do so. He demanded his position in the government and clearly sent a warning shot to the Moi family that he is thankful to them but it was time for them to line up behind him or it will be a bruising battle ahead. How is it so? Well. Ruto in his speech went further than what Deputy Presidents do to the extent that the headlines the following day went into a frenzy talking of the most powerful Deputy President. The papers were right but lost in the analysis was the fact that Ruto a besieged man had no option but to sound an alarm and to reassure his people that he was relevant. The Mois are preying vultures, the Kenyattas have fattened the prey and are waiting to fell it before the Mois move in to take the remains. Ruto on the other hand is not going out easy, he has the numbers and no amount of intimidation will break him. Is that true? Well, I could be wrong but this is what I see. Ruto’s case at the hague has left him an empty shell. In 2008, I was told by some PNU sympathizers that Ruto is a dead man walking. In our discussions, they had claimed that the PEV were planned and were very bitter with Ruto. Fast forward to now, they still maintain that the PEV was planned but are silent on Ruto’s involvement. They now say that Kibaki and Raila should be held responsible. When you probe further about Ruto, you realize that the silence is not a denial but a distraction. This tells me that Ruto is not out of the woods with them. They understand that Ruto has a constituency that they cannot upset right now but as soon as they replace him as the leader of that consituency, they will have their way with him and that is where the Mois come in and are waiting.

    The second message at Kasarani was sent by the predominantly TNA crowd but delivered by Uhuru. What was said was that there was a whole loaf on the table and it would not be shared. When all is said and done historians will ponder on how both sides missed what the other side said. The reality is that the air was so polluted with the hate for Raila that both sides missed the noise that the other side was making. Having shouted so loudly that Raila was the reason for his problems at the ICC, Ruto missed the confession of the crowd at Kasarani telling him that “we will see you at the Hague.” All around Ruto were his accusers smiling at him and waiting for his demise was the professor of politics whose project, Ruto was oiling the engine. Many will wonder why Ruto cried when he was among his people? Here at Kasarani, amongst strangers there were no tears. Take your time to ponder that question. That is the mark of a warrior besieged knowing that the end is here and all the silver and gold he has taken, cannot replace the trust of the people.

    So depending on your side of the political divide, you will only hear one side but the truth is that until there is a resolution, the elephant in the room continues to fatten and will soon take up all the room and at that point, some will suffocate, while the house breaks into pieces…..

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  • Uhuru not qualified for top seat

    Posted Tuesday, March 17 2009

    Mr Uhuru Kenyatta has also declared his intention to vie for presidency in 2012. As expected, his loyalists are beating drums for him.

    But what qualifies him to lead Kenya?

    One needs to do something patriotic to deserve leadership. What has Uhuru done for Kenya to deserve leading it?

    When Moi tyrannised Kenya, Uhuru, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto and others like them did nothing. Does this qualify Uhuru or Kalonzo for that matter, to lead Kenya?

    Without a history of patriotic service, what special quality does Uhuru have? As far as I know, Uhuru has no intellectual superiority over Kenyans.

    So, does Uhuru have a special vision that can liberate us from poverty? With his family’s empire built upon land it acquired when Kenyatta, his father, was president, Uhuru has never said he will return some of that land to the landless to blunt the pangs of their hunger.

    Instead of living up to his name Uhuru, whenever he talks, I hear him pontificating against freedom. On matters of humanity, Uhuru’s heart seems as hard as a stone. Still, his supporters have reasons for wanting him to lead Kenya.

    To begin with, he is a special Kikuyu whom all Kikuyus will support once he offers himself for election. And elections being a game of numbers, Uhuru thinks, support by a block vote of the populous Kikuyu qualifies him not just to vie, but to be the president of Kenya.

    The other day on TV, I saw a lady called Wambui anoint Uhuru to succeed President Mwai Kibaki. She alluded to him as her husband – muthuri wakwa.

    And of course, Kibaki’s support is assumed to be that of all Kikuyus, despite his failure to protect many of its members from post-election violence, and whose thousands of youth continue to suffer extrajudicial executions under his watch.

    WITH MORE MONEY THAN MOST, Uhuru is a front runner for presidency in our politics. Sired by Mzee Kenyatta, many also believe Uhuru was born a leader. But fire does not always beget fire. It also begets ashes. Though Solomon was a great leader, his son Rehoboam became an unspeakable tyrant.

    Other Kenyan women are also giving birth to sons. I don’t see Kibaki-Uhuru project selling more successfully than the Moi-Uhuru project.

    Uhuru also has great hope for presidency because of his unfolding alliance with Mr Ruto, who may deliver a block Rift Valley vote to him.

    For Uhuru and his community in Rift Valley however, doing an alliance with a majimboist like Ruto is like returning their finger where it has been bitten more than once.

    Against their best interests, the aristocracy of Central Province might also anoint Uhuru as their ethnic chief. For this very reason, the rest of the country will most likely reject him as president of Kenya.

    Only a Kikuyu who will put Kenya before Central Province, nation before tribe, is likely to lead Kenya again.

    In seeking the presidency, Uhuru might sell himself as a protector of properties of ethnic elites who own, but not as distributor of national wealth to the poor who own nothing.

    Uhuru believes he qualifies for presidency because he is young like Obama, and will mesmerise the youth who will embrace anything that is young and glitters.

    Uhuru’s father led Kenya because he fought and suffered for her. Uhuru must do likewise.

    Mr Wamwere is chair of Chama cha Mwananchi.

  • Uhuru to pay Otonglo's fees

    President Uhuru pledges to educate ‘Otonglo’ narrator
    Updated Wednesday, May 1st 2013
    By Joylene Sing’oei

    Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has offered full education sponsorship up to the university level for Daniel Owira.

    Owira, a Form Two student at Highway Secondary School won the hearts of many when he perfomed his oral narrative at State House Mombasa in the just ended national drama festival.

    Uhuru and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta were left in stitches during his perfomance in the captivating narrative dubbed “Otonglo”. He narrated the frustrations of job-seekers who travel from their rural homes to Nairobi after completing their studies.

    And today (Wednesday), President Uhuru invited Owira, his mother and sister Susan to State House where he made his pledge. This was after the Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park.

    “I have today offered full education sponsorship up to the university level to Daniel Owira when he visited me at State House.

    He is now one of my sons and will give me his report form at the end of every term”, read Uhuru’s update on his Facebook page

    The talented student lives with his widowed mother and other siblings at Fuata Nyayo slum near Nairobi’s South B estate.
    Owira has been experiencing difficulties in raising his school fees and had huge arrears.

    His plight was highlighted in on of the local TV stations and many Kenyans including music artist Jaguar made their contributions.

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