President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Friday declaration that made public his partial cabinet has left many tongues wagging.
In one of the most shaking cabinet structure reforms President Kenyatta dropped 13 men and women who from his first Cabinet
Those left out include Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs), Sicily Karuiki (Public Service, Youth and Gender), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Dan Kazungu (Mining), Hassan Wario (Sports), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Willy Bett (Agriculture), Raychelle Omamo (Defence), Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation), Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation), Phyllis Kandie (Labour) and Cleopa Mailu (Health).
The President retained only six Cabinet Secretaries and nominated three fresh faces in what he termed as a move to include persons who were able to help his government deliver on his campaign pledges.
They include Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Charles Keter (Energy), Joseph Mucheru (ICT), James Macharia (Transport) and Fred Matiang’i (Interior and Coordination of National Government and acting Education) and Najib Balala (Tourism).
Here is a sample of Kenyan’s reactions to the executive tilt in Uhuru’s second term:
What next to notable cronies and foot soldiers who seem to have been wiped off?
I wonder how many of those CSs who'll be kicked out of the Cabinet will have a @mamangilu-like Damascus road moment. We must not let them forget where they chose stand when Kenyans were getting killed.
— gathara (@gathara) January 6, 2018
Now that the President has basically named all the MEN Cabinet Secretaries, what happens to all those politicians from Western Kenya, Rift Valley, Eastern Kenya & Coast Provinces who kept tagging the President in all their tweets? What are they telling their wives & mistresses?
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) January 5, 2018
Eugene Wamalwa should now move with speed and ask the President to apologise for dropping him from his Cabinet.
— Amedo Shair (@AmedoShair) January 6, 2018
Has President Kenyatta disregarded the significance of female CSs in his squad?
Kenyans shouldn't panic. HE Uhuru named just male cabinet Secretaries. The list of female Cabinet Secretaries will be announced…
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi (@ahmednasirlaw) January 5, 2018
What does Mailu’s sack has to do with the recent shisha ban?
— M U T I N D A (@edudee254) January 6, 2018
— #loyaltywithkevote (@kevotetv) January 5, 2018
Why was DP William Ruto missing in action as his comrade was on screens making a critical pronouncement?
Always DP Ruto acts as President Uhuru Kenyatta bodyguard with same shirts and ties when announcing Cabinet in State House how comes this time around he was missing??is Gideon Moi the new sheriff in town…Central Republic of Kenya has issues😀😀
— Amakanji Thomas (@AmakanjiThomas) January 6, 2018
Ambassador Amina Mohammed out! We can’t connect the dots Mr President
They first tried palming off Amina Mohamed by fronting her for the chair of – was it the African Union Commission? It boomerang. She got shafted anyway. Smoothies, these.
— Alexander chagema (@Chagema) January 6, 2018
Retweet to have Amina Mohammed Retained as a Cabinet Secretary. pic.twitter.com/vV1YyIMdOv
— Ahmed Mohamed (@Asmali77) January 5, 2018
Well Amina Mohamed my understanding is she will be released so that she now concentrates on the role she got in October as Special Advisor to UN General Assembly. I could be wrong, let's wait and see.
— Sandrah Njoki (@Sandrahnk) January 5, 2018
If Amina Mohamed Amalemba is not reappointed to her portfolio by noon tomorrow there will be hell to pay. https://t.co/AAluCnKxUl
— HASSAN (@HassanGarat1) January 6, 2018
State House spokesman on Saturday clarified that all Cabinet Secretaries remain in office until President Kenyatta completes assembling his second term team.
“In the coming days, His Excellency the President will complete the task of assembling the team to serve in his second term of office, guided by merit, integrity, commitment to service, and in terms of the Constitution,” Esipisu noted.
Meanwhile, National Assembly majority Leader Aden Duale confirmed that the 6 cabinet secretaries who have been retained by President Uhuru Kenyatta will not have to undergo fresh vetting in the house.
The four key props Uhuru’s second term seeks to bolster are food security, affordable housing, expanding manufacturing and affordable health care for all.
The 2010 Constitution allows for a maximum of 22 Cabinet Secretaries which means the President still has 13 slots to fill.
It is expected that his decision on the remaining CSs slots will mainly hinge on gender, regional and affiliate party parity.