The Government seems determined to have the ICC cases involving Uhuru and Ruto referred to Kenya and Eugene is viewed as safe hands.
In one fell swoop, the G7 Alliance ejected Mutula and Sirisia MP Moses Wetangula, who was moved from Foreign Affairs to Trade.
Speaking on Saturday at a prayer-cum-political rally Uhuru praised President Kibaki on the changes. "I thank the President for what he did during the reshuffle and for bringing in ministers who can deliver. Leaders of hate like Mutula should go back to school and let young leaders show direction to Kenyans," he said.
Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni opined: "The Government had failed in its efforts on the ICC cases because virtually all members of the Cabinet committee on ICC had taken the ODM prescription."
Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara says the wing in Government keen to avoid ICC trials at The Hague has been bolstered. "They needed somebody sympathetic to their cause and they have that person in Eugene."
While Railaâs hand in Wetangulaâs reappointment was a matter of conjecture in August last year, his recent dalliance with ODM left little to the imagination of his rivals. The G7 was increasingly becoming uncomfortable with Wetangula holding the crucial docket at a time he was seen as warming up to their bitter rival.
Imanyara said the storm over the discredited ICC dossier, which was meant to put the UK on the defensive, complicated Wetangulaâs tenure.
"It has emerged that those blaming the West claim the contact person with diplomats was Wetangula," a reliable source says.