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Cabinet reshuffle shows Kibaki’s soft spot for Uhuru

By Mwaniki Munuhe
Updated Sun, September 23rd 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Mwaniki Munuhe

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta still has President Kibaki’s ear in what effectively casts doubts on allegations that the DPM may have fallen out with the President over United Democratic Movement (UDF) presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi.

Whereas it would have been expected allies of Mudavadi who hitherto is being supported by powerful forces close to the Head of State would have been given a priority in Thursday’s Cabinet appointments, it was Uhuru who appeared to have had the last laugh.

Similarly, Prime Minister Raila Odinga elevated personalities who are heavily anti Mudavadi especially in the Western region ostensibly to check UDF.

It is this action by the President and the PM that may effectively introduce a new challenge into Mudavadi’s bid for presidency.

Kibaki appointed Uhuru’s The National Alliance (TNA) key supporter Katoo Ole Metito to the powerful Internal Security docket.

But Mr Metito attended UDF meeting at KICC where Mudavadi announced his departure from ODM to the party on whose ticket he intends to ernal Security is a key docket because the minister has access to the intelligence information including political intelligence from the National Security Intelligence Service.

Metito has been on Uhuru’s campaign trail for TNA candidates in the just concluded by-elections.

It was widely expected that the position of Internal Security Minister previously held by the late George Saitoti would go to Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchellah who is also PNU chairman, which was the late minister’s vehicle for his presidential bid.

But sources say Mr Konchellah’s chances, were thwarted by his consistent effort in fighting TNA and declaration that PNU had not endorsed the DPM’s candidature.

It is worth noting that the President’s nephew and Assistant minister Ndiritu Muriithi despite being Mudavadi’s right hand man was not elevated nor was any PNU MP or minister associated with Mudavadi promoted.


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